Biography

Dr. Patrick M. O’Shea, a native of Massachusetts, joined the faculty of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 1997, and serves as Associate Professor and Director of Choirs in the Department of Music.  He teaches voice, as well as classes in vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, and music history, and directs the auditioned 70-voice Concert Choir and the select Chamber Singers.  Prior to his appointment at Saint Mary’s, Dr. O’Shea was visiting assistant professor of choral music education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music from Arizona State University, the Master of Music degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va., where he began his conducting studies with Grammy Award-winning conductor Robert Shafer.  He continued conducting study with Don V. Moses and Donald Bailey.  His composition teachers have included the late Russell Woollen, as well as Thomas Fredrickson and Randall Shinn.  He has served as a clinician and adjudicator in several states.  Dr. O’Shea is a member of American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.  His biography appears in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

 

Quotes about Patrick O'Shea's music:

"He selects texts for his choral compositions that are sensitive and substantial. His craftsmanship and creativity consistently produce effective and appealing works..."

"Congratultions on a fine and great Te Deum! It is scored with a fine sense for linear polyphonic lines and your use of 7/8 and 5/8 rhythms gives a variety to the music which is most effective."

"[O'Shea's] work is well thought out and crafted, highly performable..., expressive, and imaginative."

"This music altogether connotes 'freshness,' 'sincerity' (without Angst), and 'openness'... eminently singable, and listenable music!"

"Patrick is ... a fine composer. I have seen many of his works, and he has a keen understanding of the choral instrument. His music is highly approachable by performers and audiences alike, a rare combination indeed. What's more, his works are highly creative and interesting. Without question, he is an original voice."

"Your talent illuminates the link between literature and music for our audiences. Thanks for another sensitive setting. You interpreted the mixed emotions really nicely."