Patrick O'Shea D.M.A.

Patrick O'Shea, D.M.A.

Music - Professor

Saint Yon's Hall, SY150    |    Campus Box: #1447
(507) 457-1598   |

Dr. Patrick M. O’Shea joined the faculty of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 1997, and serves as Professor of Music and Director of Choirs.  He teaches voice, as well as classes in vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, and music history, and directs the auditioned 65-voice Concert Choir and the select Chamber Singers. Under his direction, the Chamber Singers have performed throughout the United States and Europe. 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. His composition teachers have included the late Russell Woollen, as well as Thomas Fredrickson and Randall Shinn. He has served frequently as a clinician and adjudicator, and is increasingly commissioned to write new works, particularly for choral and chamber music ensembles. Dr. O’Shea is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, American Composers Forum, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. His biography appears in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Patrick and his wife, soprano Lindsy O'Shea (adjunct Music Department faculty) reside in Winona with their five children - four girls and a boy. The O'Sheas are parish members of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. They enjoy Winona's natural beauty, visiting family in the Twin Cities area (Lindsy) and summer trips to Massachusetts (Patrick's family).  Patrick's other interests include Irish history, genealogy, and heraldry.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Choral music

    Music festivals

    Arts and travel


    Vocal pedagogy

    Music composition

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Dr. O'Shea is active as a composer. For updates and a list of works, see his web site:

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    MU341 Music History I

    MU342 Music History II

    MU374 Vocal Literature

    MU375 Vocal Pedagogy

    MU382 Conducting

    MUL200 Concert Choir

    MUL300 Chamber Singers

    MUE208/408 Voice Lessons


  • Professional Organizations

    American Choral Directors Association (1989)

    American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (1995)

    American Composers Forum (1998)

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (1985)

  • Education

    Shenandoah Conservatory - B.Mus. (1989)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - M.Mus. (1990)

    Arizona State University - D.M.A. (1995)
    Dissertation: "A Stylistic and Structural Analysis of Russell Woollen's 'La Corona'"

  • Experience

    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (1997 to present)
    Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Music
    Director of Choirs

    Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (1995-1997)
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Choral Music

  • Links

    Composition Web Site:

    Swirly Music Publishers: