Last year Xpress did an audio profile of Patrick Littlejohn, a formerly homeless composer who used music to overcome poverty. We are proud to report that the Practical Schillinger School of Music, an online composition school, has recently offered Patrick a full scholarship.
The school’s director, Philip DiTullio (an alumnus of Berklee College of Music), said that the school was “quite moved” and “inspired” by his story. Patrick will be studying rhythm engineering, pitch scales and harmonic engineering.
Patrick’s health, a major factor in his homelessness, has greatly improved. He has found a permanent home at Arrowhead Apartments in Asheville. With the help of Practical Schillinger School of Music, Patrick hopes “to write the most beautiful music ever heard and orchestrate it.”
We send Patrick our best wishes for health and harmony. To hear the original audio story, click on the sound waves below.
After a lifetime as a professional musician, Patrick Littlejohn found himself homeless, hungry and alone. A series of medical emergencies brought him to Blue Ridge Rehabilitation where he struggled with the facility’s old and out of tune piano. One night, Patrick says a song he’d never heard came to him in a dream. He had no choice but to teach himself to compose, all in an effort to pull himself out of poverty.
Patrick Littlejohn considers himself to be a non-denominational, yet highly spiritual person.
Photos of Patrick at the piano were taken at the home of Kim and Nathanael Roney.
Photos by Rich Orris