Trent Patterson, D.M.A.

Director of Choral Studies and Music Education
Assistant Professor of Music
Conducting, music literature, choral studies, music education

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Trent Patterson

Dr. Trent A. Patterson is the Director of Choral Studies and Music Education in the Department of Music at Webster University. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Patterson brings to St. Louis a wealth of experience as a music educator in public secondary and university choral music programs in Florida, California, Iowa, and Michigan. Known for his knowledge of the choral repertoire and his eclectic programming, Dr. Patterson has conducted and prepared world premiere performances of works by composers including Kirke Mechem, Adolphus Hailstork, and Jeffrey Carter.

Since 2010 Dr. Patterson has conducted the Webster University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir in performances of several large-scale choral works, including Britten's Cantata Misericordium, Rejoice in the Lamb, Schubert's Magnificat D.486, Vaughan Williams' In Windsor Forest, Dona Nobis Pacem, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Vivaldi's Gloria RV 588. During the 2012-13 academic year, Webster hosted the following Choral Artists-in-Residence: Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Trey Jacobs, Dr. Charlene Archibeque, and the British a cappella group Voces8. The Chamber Singers and Concert Choir are featured in an upcoming DVD on the placement of singers with Charlene Archibeque, which will be produced by Schott/Bradshaw Publishers and released by GIA Publications in late 2013. The Chamber Singers and Concert Choir regularly represent the Department of Music at university and community functions.  

Dr. Patterson is in demand locally, regionally, and nationally as a guest conductor, workshop clinician, and adjudicator. Recent engagements include the Houston Choral Classic (Texas), FMEA High School Chorus District 8 Music Performance Assessment (Florida), St. Louis Archdiocesan Choral Festival, St. Louis Metro District 8 High School Mixed Honor Choir, Parkway Schools All-District High School Mixed Honor Choir, St. Louis Suburban District Women's Honor Choir, and MSHAA festivals throughout the state of Missouri.

As a collaborative pianist, Patterson has performed throughout the United States and abroad and has served as vocal coach for many solo singers and choirs. From 2007-09, he served as pianist for the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Sandra Snow, appearing at the 2008 Central Division and 2009 National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Patterson has served as an opera staff pianist at the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), where he previously was a Fisher-Tye Fellow studying vocal accompanying and German Lieder.

Dr. Patterson conducts the Webster University Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, teaches courses in music education philosophy, choral conducting and literature, secondary choral music methods, and advises undergraduate and graduate students in music education and choral conducting. He collaborates with a team of twelve highly regarded St. Louis educators and performers who serve as adjunct instructors for the music education program. He is currently leading a progressive redevelopment of the undergraduate music education curriculum.

Patterson received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, Master of Arts in choral conducting from San José State University, and Bachelor of Music in choral music education from The Florida State University. Professional memberships include the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Chorus America.