Dr. Patrick M. O’Shea, a native of Massachusetts, serves as the Director of Choral Activities at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he teaches music theory, aural skills and music survey courses, and directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and the DuPage Chorale community choir.
Prior to his appointment at College of DuPage, Dr. O’Shea was Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota from 1997 to 2022, where he directed choirs and taught music history, voice, vocal pedagogy, and other courses. From 1995 to 1997, he was a 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 Batavia, Illinois with their six children.