Patrick Fortney is director of bands at Peru State College, conducting both the Concert and Jazz Bands as well as serving as the Dean of Arts & Sciences. In addition to his duties at PSC, Fortney is musical director and conductor of the Lincoln Community Concert Band in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is an active adjudicator of wind bands and orchestras, and has served as a clinician in wind band performance and literature and conducted performances throughout the United States and Australia. An avid supporter of new music, his ensembles have premiered commissioned works by eminent American composers Alfred Reed, Loris Chobanian, and Randall Snyder. Further, Fortney is also an active researcher, having presented at both national and regional meetings and published in the major music education journals.
Prior to joining the Department of Music at Peru State College, Fortney served as the director of instrumental studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University and also as the director of music education at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has also taught at the University of Miami, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and in public and private schools in Nebraska and Florida. Additionally, he has held the positions of Musical Director and Conductor for both the Great Plains Music Society and the Lincoln Civic Orchestra. Fortney holds a doctorate in music education from the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied wind band literature and conducting with Alfred Reed and Nicholas DeCarbo. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction with a Music Education emphasis from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, Fortney is a graduate of Yutan Jr-Sr High School in Yutan, Nebraska.
He is a tubist, having played professionally as the principal tubist of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has studied with Vernon Forbes, Craig Fuller, and John Olah.