Patrick Patton is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Casper College. He is past chair of the department of Music; conductor of the Casper College Collegiate Chorale, Women's and Men's Choirs, and the Contemporary Singers vocal jazz ensemble. He has served as artistic director of the Choral Arts Ensemble of Casper, a 24-voice adult chamber choir, and currently serves as Chorusmaster for the Helena Symphony Chorale, a 100-voice civic choir that prepares significant choral literature for performance with the Helena Symphony.
Dr. Patton holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He received the Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the University of Wyoming.
He has made over 400 appearances on four continents as guest conductor, adjudicator, and workshop clinician. Some of his credits include conductor of the All-Northwest ACDA Women's Choir, the Northwest Division ACDA 9th and 10th grade honor choir, the Minnesota MENC All-State 9th and 10th grade mixed honor choir, and All-State Honor Choirs in Colorado, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Dr. Patton is an adjudicator for Heritage Music Festivals traveling throughout the United States every spring. He has travelled to London for that same company as an adjudicator of bands, orchestras, and choirs.
He conducted the Wyoming All-State Youth Chorale in a New York City Avery Fischer Hall performance. The combined high school choirs from the state of Wyoming performed several works of significance under his direction.
Dr. Patton served as guest conductor for the Wyoming Ambassadors of Music tour to Europe on five separate occasions. The 100-voice choir presented concerts in England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.
He traveled to Thailand as a guest of the International School System and Northwest Airlines. While there he served as guest conductor for the Bangkok International Choral Festival. The weeklong event culminated with a concert combining the 250-voice choir from five International Schools in Bangkok.
Dr. Patton traveled to Brazil as conductor of the Wyoming Partners Chorale and presenter of workshops in choral conducting and interpretation to college professors, teachers, and students. He later returned to Brazil as a guest of the University of Brasilia offering workshops in choral rehearsal techniques and civic choir organization. In addition, he traveled professionally with the U.S.O. overseas entertainment organization and the "Up With People!" shows serving as lead guitarist, vocal arranger, and musical director.
The Casper College Collegiate Chorale has joined forces on numerous occasions for the presentation of major choral/orchestral works including the “Requiems” of Brahms, Verdi, and Rutter, the Dvorak “Te Deum”, the Vaughan-Williams “Serenade to Music”, and Orff’s “Carmina Burana”. The choir has joined with the Helena Symphony and Chorale in a presentation of the Poulenc “Gloria” “Carmina Burana”, Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” as well as many other major choral/orchestral works. In addition, the choir joined the Cheyenne Symphony and Wyoming Symphony in Casper for performances of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony”.
Dr. Patton's ensembles have performed on numerous occasions at the Wyoming State Music Educator's National Conference and regional ACDA conventions. He has presented workshops at both the state and regional levels for MENC and ACDA. He has also been featured as guest tenor soloist with the Casper Symphony, Casper Civic Chorale, and the Helena Symphony and Chorale. In addition to the regularly scheduled concert series, Dr. Patton directs the annual Casper College Madrigal Feast and serves as co-director of the Casper College Jazz Festival. He is an active member of the National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi, Music Educators National Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association.