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M. Patrick Byers Collection

Identifier: MC-0016

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of scores and recordings of Byers’ compositions, dating from his first composition in 1959 at age 9, through 2006. Audiovisual materials include four VHS tapes labeled Patrick Byers Residency dated February 2005, and thirty-two audio cassette tapes dated 1982-1997. The collection also includes personal correspondence, photographs, and programs.


  • 1959-2006


Conditions Governing Access

This collection has not been fully processed and requires advanced notice for access. For information about access to this collection, contact the Archives ( Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Archives collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information which is protected under federal or state privacy laws, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina School of the Arts assume no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Maurice Patrick Byers was born in 1950. As a child, Byers received music lessons from his mother, and by age nine had written his first piano concerto and held his first public recital. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) high school program and was a Giannini Scholar. After being introduced to Olegna Fucci at NCSA, he traveled with her and performed in Italy at age 16, possibly as part of NCSA’s International Music Program (IMP). He studied piano before shifting his focus to composition, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Composition in 1972. He studied composition under Robert Ward, Karel Husa, Dr. Louis Mennini, and Sherwood Shaffer; piano under Olegna Fuschi and Irwin Freundlich; and orchestration with Sir Leo Arnaud.

Byers served as NCSA’s resident composer from 1980 to 1988. From 1982-1984 he also served as an adjunct faculty member in sight singing.


7.56 Linear Feet (6 record storage cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection has been loosely grouped into three series: Scores and sketches, recordings, and personal materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of M. Patrick Byers, date unknown.

Related Materials

Photographs of Byers can be found in the Photograph College (RG-0024).

Guide to the M. Patrick Byers Collection
Laura Silva
May 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States