Patrick Kerber’s compositions and arrangements have been heard in concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. His music has also been heard on European radio, and American radio programs such as NPR’s nationally syndicated Performance Today, and repeat airings on NPR affiliate, KUSC’s prestigious,Thornton Center Stage. Mr. Kerber‘s original music and arrangements have been performed by such notable artists as: Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, California guitarists, Randy Pile and James Smith, longtime Head of the Guitar Department at the University of Southern California, the Louisiana based guitar quartet, Guitare Louisiane, the Knoxville Guitar Ensemble, and the preeminent “First Family of the Guitar”, Los Romeros Guitar Quartet.
Mr. Kerber composes primarily for solo guitar, but he has also composed for voice and guitar, guitar duo, trio, and quartet. His library of arrangements for guitar duo, trio, quartet, guitar with voice, and guitar with flute is extensive including music from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Mr. Kerber‘s commissions and contributions for the Christmas with Los Romeros CD for Deutsche Grammophon received excellent reviews. Of the contributing arrangers, Mr. Kerber presented the most listings for the internationally released recording.
Though he was born in the Twentieth Century, Mr. Kerber, a native of New Orleans has no interest in composing in the avante-garde style. He composes music (and arranges) music for performers of all levels. Tongue in cheek, he describes his music as “Kind of different – My music has things in it like major and minor chords, melodies you can sing, and as you listen you can tap your foot as well if you would like! – Weird!”.
Mr. Kerber holds Guitar Performance degrees from Loyola University and the University of New Orleans, and for two years he was a private scholarship student of Maestro, Pepe Romero in San Diego. A teacher of guitar for forty five years, Mr. Kerber has held positions at the University of New Orleans, Xavier University, and is currently Instructor and Coordinator of Guitar Activities at Southeastern Louisiana University. As well, he maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, chamber music performer, and accompanist.