St. Mary's University Music Department, Winona, Minnesota

Patrick O'Shea

Associate Professor
Choirs, Voice, Music History

150 St. Yon’s Hall
Campus PO: #1447

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 also 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.


  • MUE 250 Concert Choir
  • MUE 301 Chamber Singers
  • MUL 108-408 Applied Voice
  • MU 341 Music History I
  • MU 342 Music History II
  • MU 374 Vocal Literature
  • MU 375 Vocal Pedagogy
  • MU 382 Conducting


DMA, choral conducting; Arizona State University
Major Teacher: Donald Bailey

MM, choral conducting; University of Illinois-Urbana
Major Teachers: Don Moses, Ann Howard Jones

BM, vocal performance; Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
Major Teacher (voice): Philip Sargent
Major Teacher (conducting): Robert Shafer