From homeless to hope update

Last year Xpress did an audio profile of Patrick Littlejohn, a formerly homeless composer who used music to pull himself out of poverty. The Practical Schillinger School of Music, an online composition school, recently offered Littlejohn a full scholarship.

Practical Schillinger director, Philip DiTullio, said that the school was "quite moved" and "inspired" by his story. Littlejohn will be studying rhythm engineering, pitch scales and harmonic engineering.

Littlejohn'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, Littlejohn hopes "to write the most beautiful music ever heard and orchestrate it."

To hear the original audio story, visit


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