Patti Drennan earned a bachelor degree in music education from Oklahoma State University and a graduate degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma. She taught choral music for 28 years in Norman Public Schools, the first 20 years at West Mid-High School, where she was voted Teacher of the Year, and eight years at Norman High School, where she directed four choirs that consistently received superior ratings. In 2004, she was awarded the coveted Director of Distinction Award given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.
An active composer and arranger with sales of over two million copies, Patti has over 425 choral octavos published with major publishers. She has served as a clinician for school and church workshops in 19 states, three times in Canada, and has presented four sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. She has been a guest director at numerous church 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.
Patti retired from teaching in 2004 in order to compose and stay active as a clinician and workshop presenter. For almost 10 years she served as the music and worship arts director at First Baptist Church, Norman. She is married and has two grown children; Emily, a musical theater performer in New York City, and Adam, a research analyst in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband also have one adorable grandson who loves music! Patti continues writing and arranging, leading music reading sessions for publishers, and holding composer weekends for numerous churches throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, she enjoys spending time performing and recording with her daughter, Emily, with RoxSteady Music and in numerous symphonic performances.
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