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

Trent Patterson conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and teaches conducting and choral literature, at Webster University in Saint Louis. Under his leadership, Webster’s Chamber Singers have been selected by peer review to perform for state, regional and national conferences. Dr. Patterson has appeared as clinician in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas. From 2013­–2015, Patterson served the Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Resources Chair for college and university choirs. Active as a church musician, Dr. Patterson is choral director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves, where four Webster music students serve as Scholar Singers in the Emmanuel Choir.  

Known for his knowledge of choral, solo vocal, and operatic repertoire, Patterson has appeared as collaborative pianist throughout the United States and abroad. In 2001, Patterson served as an opera répétiteur at the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria) where he previously was a Fisher-Tye Fellow studying German Lieder and vocal coaching with noted pianist Harold Heiberg.

Patterson holds a DMA in choral conducting from Michigan State University, his final document was titled Charlene Archibeque: An Iconic Figure in American Choral Music. He received a MA in choral conducting from San José State University and a BME from The Florida State University. A veteran music educator, Patterson previously taught middle and high school choral music in Winter Park, Florida and Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Patterson thanks influential mentors Charlene Archibeque, Judy Bowers, David Rayl, Jonathan Reed, Sandra Snow, André J. Thomas, and others who continue to inspire him today.