Patti Drennan

Patti Drennan earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Music Education degree at the University of Oklahoma. She taught Choral Music for twenty-eight years in Norman Public Schools, the first twenty years at West Mid-High School, where she was voted “Teacher of the Year”, and eight years at Norman High School. In 2004 she was awarded the coveted “Director of Distinction Award” given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.

An active composer and arranger, Patti has over 200 choral octavos published with Shawnee Press, Alfred Publishing, Alliance and other major publishers. She has served as a clinician for school and church workshops in 19 states and several times in Canada, and has presented 4 sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. She has been guest director at numerous Composer Weekends and has had a composition from Sing for the Cure performed at Carnegie Hall. She has been an adjudicator for choral contests in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.

Retired from teaching in 2004, Patti serves as Director of Music and Worship Arts at First Baptist Church, Norman, and frequently serves as festival choir clinician, workshop presenter and composer. She is married and has two grown children. This past July she recorded a vocal CD with her daughter to accompany a vocal solo book that will be released by Shawnee Press next March. Her website, www.pattidrennan.com, may be accessed for more information and musical excerpts of her compositions.

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