About Valéncia Chorale
Singers in Winona and the surrounding areas are invited to join the Valéncia Chorale, a new adult community choir for mixed voices under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea. The Valéncia Chorale will rehearse at the Valéncia Arts Center, which houses the Minnesota Conservatory of the Arts, and will explore repertoire of a variety of styles and periods. No audition is necessary to register, but the director will want to hear all singers individually at some point to ensure proper sectional placement. High school-age singers (14-18) may register with the consent of the director. Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Valencia Arts Center Recital Hall beginning Sept. 12. The first performance will be on Thursday, Nov. 21 in the beautiful Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels.
About Dr. Patrick O’Shea
A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Patrick O’Shea joined the Saint Mary’s University Faculty in August of 1997. He holds degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory (voice performance), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Arizona State University (both in choral conducting). He has conducted choirs of all ages, from children’s choirs to adult community choruses, and currently conducts the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir, a 64-voice select ensemble of mixed voices, and the university’s premiere choral ensemble, the Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers, which numbers from 24 to 26 and tours each year, alternating between domestic and international tours.
A composer of choral and instrumental music, Dr. O’Shea’s works have been performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Asia. He has been active as a church choir director in a number of denominations, and has served as a clinician for numerous choral festivals and workshops. 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.
He resides in Winona with his wife, Lindsy O’Shea, herself a voice teacher, and their five children.
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