Dr. Patrick M. O’Shea, a native of Massachusetts, joined the faculty of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1997, and serves as Professor, Music Department Chair and Director of Choirs. He teaches voice, as well as classes in vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, and music history, and directs the auditioned 60-voice Concert Choir and the select Chamber Singers.
Prior to his appointment at Saint Mary’s, Dr. O’Shea was visiting assistant professor of choral music education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music from Arizona State University, the Master of Music degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va., where he began his conducting studies with Grammy Award-winning conductor Robert Shafer. He continued conducting study with Don V. Moses and Donald Bailey. His composition teachers have included the late Russell Woollen, as well as Thomas Fredrickson and Randall Shinn. He has served widely as a clinician and adjudicator.
Dr. O’Shea is a member of American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. His biography appears in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He and his wife, soprano Lindsy O’Shea, reside in Winona, Minnesota with their five children.