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Patricia O‘Neill

Patricia O’Neill

Professor Emerita
ATI Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique

102 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
E: poneil4@lsu.edu

Professor Emerita, Patricia O’Neill’s career has taken her throughout much of the United States, to Germany and the Far East. Among others, she has appeared with the Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Berlin Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Midwest, Baton Rouge Opera, Utah Opera, Birmingham Civic Opera, Chicago Symphony, Utah Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic (New Orleans) and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Some of her operatic roles have included Pamina in The Magic Flute, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Traviata, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Mimi in La Boheme, Micaela in Carmen, and Marguerite in Faust.

Educated at Louisiana State University, O’Neill also studied with famous pedagogues, Prof. Margarete von Winterfeldt in Berlin, Norman Gulbrandsen in Chicago and Vera Rozsa in London.

O’Neill has performed extensively as a recitalist. The art song recital is a medium she especially enjoys, ‘because of its intimacy.’ In addition to performances throughout the U.S., her travels have taken her to Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland, S. Korea and on a month-long tour of The People’s Republic of China for both recitals and master classes.

Endowed professor (Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professorship in Voice) prior to retirement in May, 2013, O’Neill continues to offer recitals, vocal master classes and workshops in the Alexander Technique at several universities in the U.S. and abroad. Summer of 2009, saw her eighth visit to Des Moines Metro Opera where she offered a workshop and classes in the Alexander Technique to Apprentice Artists. In October, she offered a workshop on her popular LSU School of Music Course, Performance Craft at the Annual General Meeting of Alexander Technique International in Cape Cod, MA. In March, 2010 she returned to Seoul, Korea for the sixth time to teach at the annual meeting of the Alexander Technique Society and to offer recitals and Alexander Technique and Vocal Master Classes to various universities and arts high schools. In 2005, her lecture Thought Shepherding in Singing presented Oxford, England at the 7th International Congress for the F.M. Alexander Technique was published in the Congress Papers. In fall of 2010 she began a term on the board of Alexander Technique International, where she has previously served as Ethics Committee Chair. In 2014, she was invited to present a workshop in the Alexander Technique at the American Harp Society’s National Convention in New Orleans. In 2014, she offered Alexander Workshops at Millsaps College, co-sponsored by Mississippi Chorus, and, in 2015 at Jackson State University and the Louisiana Chapter of NATS spring auditions at Southeastern University. As a performer, she appeared in concerts sponsored by the Louisiana Concert Movement, singing songs by composers, Gwyneth Walker in 2014 and Jake Heggie in 2015.

What started out as a hobby for O’Neill, has become a new facet in her career. Inspired by the famous Irish harpist, Mary O’Hara, O’Neill decided to explore her ‘Irishness.’ ‘I found an Irish harp, learned to play it, and then began the wonderful journey into the world of Irish folklore and folk music, entertaining my friends with my newly found treasures.’ She now offers concert of Irish folk songs, accompanying herself on the harp, and spicing the program with folk tales and a bit of Irish history. Now available is her recording entitled The Quiet Land of Erin, produced in 1989. She has performed her concert of Irish Folk Songs, History and Folklore over much of the United States and also in China, Ireland and Norway.

For nine years Patricia O’Neill sat on the voice faculty of Northwestern University in Illinois. Since 1990, she served on the voice faculty at Louisiana State University, where she taught applied voice, and graduate courses in German, French and Italian Diction. Particularly dear to her heart is a course she developed called Performance Craft, which was designed to facilitate emergence of the young singer’s own personal artistry.

A graduate of Philadelphia’s Alexander Alliance, and an ATI Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, she continues, since retiring in May 2013, to offer classes in The Alexander Technique every fall and spring, and serves as the Alexander Technique specialist for the actors in the LSU Theater MFA program.

She is also a stage director for the LSU Opera Theater and elsewhere when her schedule allows, directing a production Suor Angelica at LSU, and most recently co-directing a highly successful production of Terrence McNally’s Broadway hit, Master Class, a joint venture of Theatre Baton Rouge and LSU.

In May, 2004, she was given the Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award for her teaching at LSU.