Patricia O'Keefe

Patricia O.

Denton, TX

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Patricia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
May 2009

A graduate of the prestigious GSTEP teaching excellence program at UNT, Patricia has many years of experience with students of all skill levels and musical styles. Awarded a full three year Teaching Fellowship she taught a private studio of 12-16 students per semester at UNT, the equivalent of a full-time faculty teaching load. In the larger DFW community she presently teaches vocal students at the Junior High and High School levels in Keller and HEB ISDs and at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, resident school of the famous Texas Boys Choir and the Singing Girls of Texas. Her students have won spots in All-Region and TMEA All-State Choirs, top ratings at solo and ensemble contests, been admitted to music performance, music education and music therapy degree programs at TWU, UNT and TCU as well as performing in local bands and musical theater productions.

Patricia holds three degrees: Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (UT Austin), Master of Music in Voice Performance (UT Austin) and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance (UNT).
Her professional association memberships include: the Texas Music Educators Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the College Music Society and the National Opera Association.
Patricia is a polished professional singer who has performed in a variety of venues in the United States and Europe. She has studied with mezzo-soprano Inci Bashar (Turkish National Opera), helden-tenor William Lewis (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala), bass Nikita Storojev (Bolshoi Opera, La Scala) and sung under the baton of conductors such as Graeme Jenkins (Dallas Opera, Vienna State Opera), Stephen Dubberly (UNT Opera), Keith Clark (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and Clinton Smith (Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera).
Recent solo performances have included: concert performances of “I Dreamed a Dream” and Éponine’s death scene from Les Misérables (Schönberg and Boublil), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Four Sacred Songs (Dvorak), the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) and Alcina (Handel) and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Mozart). Upcoming engagements include an invitation to participate as a solo concert artist in the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy in the summer of 2015.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ electronic keyboard, laptop, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own copies of music. Student should provide their own copy of any music or books necessary. Student should provide a piano or keyboard for lessons involving music (not necessary for speech).

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching all styles, from pop and rock, jazz and blues to Broadway and classical voice. As a performer I specialize in classical/operatic singing including choral styles.

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Private Lesson Teacher
Aug 2014 - Present
Academy of Fine Arts

Private Lesson Teacher
Aug 2014 - Present
Private Teacher

Private Lesson Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present
Lewisville ISD

Instructor of Voice and Piano
Sep 2013 - Present
Music Studio

Private Lesson Teacher
Aug 2012 - Present

Private Lesson Teacher
Apr 2011 - Present
Private Teacher

Private Lesson Teacher
Aug 2012 - May 2013
Birdville ISD

Teaching Fellow in Applied Voice
Aug 2009 - May 2012
The University of North Texas


Doctor of Music in Voice Performance
Aug 2009 - Dec 2014
The University of North Texas
Master of Music in Voice Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2008
The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance
Aug 2001 - May 2006
The University of Texas at Austin


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Texas Music Educators Association
Apr 2012

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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College Music Society, The
Feb 2012

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Apr 2011

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Aria from the second act of Handel's opera Alcina.
Alcina has just learned that the man she loves has betrayed her.
From the 2011 UNT Summer Opera Workshop production, Stephen Dubberly Conducting.
Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro. Salzburg, Austria 2007.

Alcina in Handel's Alcina. August 2011.
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9 Reviews

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Lee T. Oct 17, 2016
Singing · In home

Excellent teacher. Guaranteed to know more than you do!

Noah W. Jun 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

Everything she did is what we expected on the first lesson. We felt very comfortable with her and she was very professional. We liked her personality.

Reese Mar 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Patricia was excellent working with our 9 year old daughter. She was experienced and very detailed with teaching her how the body affects vocal sounds and singing. She was also a tremendouse help with audition prep. We will definatly use her again!

Lee T. Dec 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

I recommend Patricia to any singer looking to get a 1000 foot view on the craft.

Jordan D. Nov 22, 2014
Singing · In studio

She knows what she is talking about. She has helped me see how to sing in a whole new perspective. I recommend her for anybody in the Denton area.

Shayleigh W. Jun 27, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio

She's really incredible. It is abundantly clear in her work her depth of knowledge and experience. The lessons are always enjoyable and I've already learned so much in just a few lessons.

Paris N. Mar 9, 2014
Singing ·

Best singing teacher I had.

Patricia is the best singing teacher I have had. She's very patient and makes concepts easy to understand.

Vanessa F. May 3, 2013
Singing ·

She's been soo helpful to a newbie

Patricia has really helped me learn good skills to preserve my voice and to sing the appropriate way. I look forward to improving on the skills she's taught me so far.

Shea H. Aug 24, 2012
Singing ·

Patricia has been amazing every step of the way!

I have not done anything with music or choir in about 12 years, and I'm already feeling more confident. I started taking lessons with Patricia thinking she would just help with preparing for an upcoming audition for school. This was not the case, but in an amazing way. She really makes you feel comfortable from day one. She starts with correct breathing techniques, and can explain why it is so important. She explains everything from what is happening biologically while you sing, to little images that help you control breathing better. I was so nervous starting these lessons, and in just 5 days I am already able to catch myself when I start with my old bad habits. In just 5 days, I am already feeling more confident, and have learned so much! I couldn't have gotten a better teacher. Also, she has to be one of the most patient instructors. She really knows how to teach, and she makes it fun! I would recommend her to anyone!

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