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Trent A. Patterson, D.M.A.

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

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Trent Patterson

Dr. Trent A. Patterson, in his eighth year as Director of Choral Studies at Webster University, leads the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, teaches choral conducting, and oversees a vibrant program of three choirs with more than 100 student singers. He served as Director of Music Education from 2010-2017, and his restructuring of the curriculum and commitment to recruitment culminated in the addition of a faculty appointment in choral music education in 2016.  A veteran music educator with nearly two decades of teaching experience, Patterson previously taught for Orange County Public Schools (Orlando), one of the largest and most diverse school districts in the United States.


Under Dr. Patterson’s direction, the Webster University Chamber Singers was recently selected as one of ten choirs by blind audition to perform at the 7th biennial National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in November 2017. Three years earlier, they performed for the Southwestern Divisional American Choral Directors Association conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the Missouri Music Educators Association conference at Tan-Tar-A. Chamber Singers have undertaken four consecutive spring tours, with concert performances and high school exchanges in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida. Recently, members of Chamber Singers collaborated with Boston Camerata on the medieval play Daniel and with Josh Groban on his international Stages tour. Multi-media projects include a YouTube channel, the CD Beginnings, and the GIA DVD “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” with Charlene Archibeque. Chamber Singers have premiered choral works by composers including David Lang and several Webster student composers.

Dr. Patterson has conducted choirs in renowned venues, including 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 performed Franz Schubert’s Mass in A-flat Major under the baton of David Rayl in Carnegie Hall. Three members of the Webster voice faculty performed as members of the solo quartet and undergraduate voice majors covered all of the solos during the chorus rehearsals in New York.

Dr. Patterson has appeared as guest conductor, workshop clinician, and adjudicator for Missouri choral festivals in Columbia, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, and Springfield and in Florida, Illinois, and Texas. Dr. Patterson’s students have received notable recognition, including an ensemble director position with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, Missouri Association of Colleges Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award, first place in the SWACDA undergraduate conducting competition, MCDA Tresa Jo-Wilson Memorial Scholarship, and an assistant conductor appointment with the Bach Society of Saint Louis.

As a collaborative pianist, Patterson has performed throughout the United States and abroad and served as vocal coach for countless soloists and choirs. He has served as pianist for choral ensembles led by Charlene Archibeque, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow. In 2001, Patterson served as an opera répétiteur at the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria) and was a Fisher-Tye Fellow studying vocal accompanying and German Lieder there in 2000. Known for his knowledge of solo vocal and operatic repertoire, Patterson studied vocal literature and accompanying with notable coach/pianists Carolyn Bridger, J. David Brock, Harold Heiberg, Marie-France Lefebvre, Miguel Franz Pinto, and Gary Wolf.

 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), 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 six Webster music students serve as Scholar Singers in the Emmanuel Choir.