Pianist Patrick O’Donnell is currently on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, as piano teacher and vocal coach. He is an exceptional pianist whose finely tuned musical and collaborative abilities are in high demand, and he has been featured in recitals with several of his colleagues from the Levine School. He most recently appeared with Lora Ferguson, a clarinet player, in a recital at the Church of the Epiphany, featuring works by both Mozart and Bruch. He also serves as a faculty accompanist for student recitals and competitions at the Levine School, including the annual Prism Concert held at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center and the Showcase Concert at La Maison Française of the French Embassy and the Round House Theater in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. O’Donnell is one of the master coaches and a featured guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he collaborated with mezzo-soprano Louise Urban and baritone Dominic Cossa. At the festival he coached and accompanied singers in opera workshop recitals and performances. He is also on the faculty of the Washington National Opera’s Education Department as vocal coach and history teacher for the Opera Institute for Young Singers, and has worked as pianist/coach for their Opera Camp for Kids.
He served for two seasons as assistant artistic administrator for the Virginia Opera, as well as children’s chorus director and the music director for one of Virginia Opera’s touring programs. Dr. O’Donnell was an active participant with Virginia Opera’s Spectrum Resident Artist Program as coach and accompanist working with singers in concert and opera venues throughout Virginia. He also served as music director for the world premiere of Seymour Barab's “Cinderella,” and has collaborated on the development of “Oh, Freedom!” and “I Hear America Singing,” which have been performed at more than 500 schools and communities from Delaware to North Carolina. He earned his BA from Yale University, his MM in Piano Performance from The University of Maryland, and his DMA in Chamber Music and Vocal Accompaniment with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan.