Trent A. Patterson, D.M.A. | Webster University

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 Patterson is an active conductor, choral clinician, adjudicator, and presenter. Under his leadership, choral ensembles have been selected by jury for the Missouri Music Educators Association conference, Southwestern American Choral Directors Association conference, and most recently as one of ten choirs for the National Collegiate Choral Association conference.

Creative projects include Beginnings, a CD of live concert performances and How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great, a choral pedagogy DVD featuring two university ensembles he conducts. Patterson has prepared choruses for collaborations with the Boston Camerata, Josh Groban, Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Patterson is passionate about training the next generation of conductors and ensemble singers. His former students have received notable recognition, including an ensemble director position with The St. Louis Children's Choirs, first place in the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association undergraduate conducting competition, and an assistant conductor appointment with the Bach Society of Saint Louis.

Dr. Patterson holds the B.M.E. in Choral Music Education from The Florida State University, the M.A. in Choral Conducting from San José State University, and the D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. For the past decade, he has happily served as Director of Choral Studies at Webster University where he has built a vibrant program of three choirs and more than 100 student singers. Recordings of Webster University's Aurelia, Chamber Singers, and Chorale may be found on the Webster University Choral Ensembles YouTube channel.