College of Visual and Performing Arts

Patricia Kennedy, D.M.A

Associate Faculty

Aural Skills / Music Education

  • Phone: 260-481-0272
  • Office: Rhinehart Music Center, Room 218
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As a sacred oratorio solo artist Dr. Patricia Kennedy has appeared in more than fifty performances of Magnificat, Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio, the Passions of J.S. Bach, Dixit Dominus, Alexander’s Feast and Messiah of Handel, the Missa Brevi, Coronation Mass, Vesperae solemnis de confessore, Requiem Mass of Mozart, the Harmoniemesse of Haydn, and the Alto Rhapsody of Brahms among others.  A former voice student of William Warfield and William Miller, Dr. Kennedy has appeared as soloist with noted conductors Sir David Willcocks (Green Lake Music Festival), Paul Steinitz (London Bach Society), Fiora Contino (Aspen Music Festival) as well as with numerous orchestras throughout the mid west including the Symphonic Orchestras of Champaign and Belleville, Illinois; Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Kokomo in Indiana.  

She has been a long-standing professional chorister with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale (New Mexico) and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers both in southern France and at Carnegie Hall.  She has recorded six CD’s with the Desert Chorale and all seven Telarc label Festival Singers Albums with Robert Shaw including Amazing Grace, Evocation of the Spirit, Liebeslieder Waltzes and Rachmaninoff Vespers, which won a 1989 Grammy Award.  Likewise, she has appeared on Carnegie Hall Educational Videos: Robert Shaw Preparing a Masterpiece, Vol. 3-8.  Most recently Dr. Kennedy has been accepted to the singers roster of the professional choral ensemble Conspirare of Austin, Texas directed by Craig Hella Johnson.

Dr. Patricia Kennedy has served as Coordinator of Music Education at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne where she teaches courses in secondary choral education, ear training and voice. She has held teaching/conducting positions at the College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York), University of Kentucky (Henderson Campus), and R. Nelson Snider High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana).

Dr. Kennedy is an adjudicator/clinician for nationally based Performing Arts Consultants where she has worked with choral ensembles in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. Most recently she served as Collegiate Division guest conductor for the Indiana Vocal Jazz Festival at Butler University, guest director for the Howard County Choral Festival in Kokomo, and the Women’s Choral Festival at Warsaw Community High School. She is Assistant Conductor of Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, the Heartland Chamber Chorale.  She received a DMA in choral conducting from Michigan State University, a MM and MS in choral conducting and music education from the University of Illinois, and an undergraduate degree in music education from Otterbein College.  

Dr. Patricia Kennedy (D.M.A.)