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Music Department

Patrick O'Shea, D.M.A.
Patrick O'Shea
Music - Department Chair, Music - Professor

(507) 457-1598

Patrick O'Shea is a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. O'Shea joined the Saint Mary's Faculty in August of 1997, after teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has conducted choirs of all ages, from children's choirs to adult community choruses, and currently conducts the Concert Choir, a 64-voice select ensemble of mixed voices, and the premiere choral ensemble at Saint Mary's, the Chamber Singers, which numbers from 24 to 26.

Dr. O'Shea teaches Music History, Vocal Literature, and Vocal Pedagogy, as well as special topics courses in music history. Recent special topics courses have included the History of Liturgical Music, Music of the Baroque, Music Since 1900, and Counterpoint.

In addition to being a published composer, Dr. O'Shea has been active as a church choir director in a number of denominations, and has served as a clinician for choral festivals and workshops in Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin. He is currently the Coordinator of Liturgical Music for the Saint Mary’s University Winona Campus (through the Office of Campus Ministry). Principal interests include 20th-century tonal music for chorus, the hyper-chromatic madrigalists of the late 16th century (such as Gesualdo and Marenzio), and the performance of vocal chamber music of all periods. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), American Composers Forum, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Dr. O'Shea's biography appears in the 2001 - 2005 editions of Marquis Who's Who in America. He maintains a strong interest in Irish history, the Irish language (Gaeilge), genealogy, and heraldry, serving a number of organizations connected with these subjects.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Analysis of Contemporary Choral Music

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Music History I
Music History II
Vocal Pedagogy
Vocal Literature
Concert Choir
Chamber Singers

Professional Organizations
American Composers Forum
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
American Choral Directors Association
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Sigma Alpha Iota (Friend of the Arts)

D.M.A., Arizona State University, AZ, 1995
M.M., University of Illinois, IL, 1990
B.Mus., Shenandoah Conservatory of Music Winchester, 1989

Teaching Experience
1997 to Present: Associate Professor, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1995-1997: Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, AZ
1992-1994: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Arizona State Univeristy, AZ
1990-1992: Lecturer in Music Theory, Shenanodah Conservatory

Other Professional Experience
Extensive experience as a liturgical musician and choir director in the Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Methodist churches.

2005, Distinguished Member, Sigma Alpha Iota
2001-2004, Who's Who in America
2000, 2002-2004, Who's Who Among America's Teachers
2000, Order of the Star of Honour of Ethiopia
2000, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
1999, Fellow of the American College of Heraldry
1997, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
1993, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Selected Presentations
"Vanishing Context: Educational Specialization and the Two Cultures", Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, UK, 2006

"The Liturgical Choral Music of C. Russell Woollen: A Golden Age Before Vatican II", Symposium V: The Phenomenon of Singing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2005

"Vanishing Context: The Extinction of Liberal Arts Education." Telicom (the journal of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry), Vol. XV, No. 1 (October/November 2000): 53-58

“The Irish Bardic Class” Telicom Vol. XV, No. 7 (May 2001): 39-45

“Is Anybody Listening? Audiences for Art Music in the 21st Century” Telicom, Vol. XV, No. 8 (June/July 2001): 52-55

"The Information Highway: Computer Networking for Choral Musicians." Choral Journal, Vol. 34, No. 9 (April, 1994): 9-11 (co-authors: James D. Feiszli, Larry W. Peterson and David Topping)

Please visit Dr. O'Shea's composition website