Trent Patterson, D.M.A.

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

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Trent Patterson

Dr. Trent A. Patterson is in his seventh year as Director of Choral Studies and Music Education in the Department of Music at Webster University. A veteran music educator with nearly two decades of teaching experience, Dr. Patterson previously taught in the Orange County Public Schools (Orlando), one of the largest and most diverse school districts in the United States. Previous appointments include Director of Choral Activities at Davenport Central High School (IA) and Associate Choral Director at Winter Park High School (FL).  

During Patterson’s fourth year at Webster University, the Chamber Singers performed for the 2014 Southwestern Divisional American Choral Directors Association conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, and they were the headline college/university choir for the 2014 Missouri Music Educators Association conference at Tan-Tar-A. The Chamber Singers have undertaken three consecutive spring tours, with concert performances and high school exchanges in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida. Their 2016 spring tour to Central Florida included a set of performances with Grammy award-winning singer Josh Groban.

 In addition to leading the Webster University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, Dr. Patterson teaches choral conducting and literature, a graduate choral conducting seminar, and advises undergraduate students in music education and Master’s students in choral conducting. He collaborates with a team of two other full-time professors and nine adjunct music educators/performers at Webster, where he has led a significant revision and reimagining of the music education curriculum. In 2015 and 2016, a Webster student has been named the recipient of the Tresa Jo-Wilson Memorial Scholarship from the Missouri Choral Directors Association. In March of 2016, Connor Scott, one of Patterson’s conducting students, received first place in the undergraduate division of a conducting competition sponsored by the Southwestern division of the American Choral Directors Association.    

Dr. Patterson has conducted choirs in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Old First Presbyterian Church, The Temple in Independence (MO), and locally in Saint Louis’ Powell Hall, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Touhill, and at numerous churches throughout the Saint Louis metro region. In March 2017, Webster University choirs will perform Franz Schubert’s Mass in A-flat Major under the baton of Dr. David Rayl in Carnegie Hall. Patterson appears regularly as a guest conductor, workshop clinician, and has served as adjudicator for Missouri choral festivals in Columbia, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, and Springfield as well as nationally in Florida and Texas. Creatively, he played an integral role in the development and production of “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great,” a choral pedagogy DVD published by GIA Publications Chicago.

As a collaborative pianist, Patterson has performed throughout the United States and abroad and served as vocal coach for many singers and choirs. During his master’s and doctoral studies, he served as pianist for choirs conducted by Charlene Archibeque, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow. In 2001, he served as répétiteur at the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), where he previously was a Fisher-Tye Fellow studying vocal accompanying and German Lieder. Known for his love of solo vocal and operatic repertoire, Patterson studied vocal literature/accompanying with Miguel Franz Pinto (University of Northern Iowa), Carolyn Bridger (Florida State University), Gary Wolf (University of Central Florida), Harold Heiberg and J. David Brock (AIMS in Graz), and Marie-France Lefebvre.

 Patterson received his 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. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (and Missouri Choral Directors Association), Chorus America, College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education (and Missouri Music Educators Association), and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. From 2013-2015, Patterson served the Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Resources Chair for college and university choirs.

In addition to his appointment as Associate Professor of Music at Webster University, Dr. Patterson is the choral director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves, where four Webster music students serve as Scholar Singers in the Emmanuel Choir.