Dr. Patrick Dill is the director of choral activities at Carroll University, where he directs the Carroll Chamber Singers and the Carroll Concert Choir, and also serves as the coordinator of music recruitment. Previously, he served as the associate director of choral activities and assistant professor of voice at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where he directed the Concert Choir and Lyric Women’s Chorus, assisted with the Symphonic Chorus, and taught private voice and ear training courses. During his time at NSU, Dr. Dill was the recipient of the Prince Endowed Professorship in Choral & Vocal Music and also the Mildred Hart Bailey Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Additionally, he conducted the NSU Lyric Women’s Chorus in their first performance as an auditioned choir at the Louisiana state conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in October 2014.
Dr. Dill began his career as the assistant choir director at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas. Two years later, he joined the fine arts faculty at Anderson High School in Austin as director of choirs and coordinator of AP music theory & International Baccalaureate music. During his tenure at Anderson, choirs under his direction performed at the 2004 and 2008 ACDA Southwest division conventions and the 2007 Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Southwest Symposium. In 2005, he was awarded the Silver Apple Award for excellence in teaching by the CBS affiliate in Austin, KEYE News.
With an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Dill has presented interest sessions at the Texas Music Educators Association, Louisiana-ACDA, and Southwest MENC conventions and has conducted several honor choirs throughout Texas and Louisiana. His scholarly work is in the area of historical choral pedagogy, and recent research has been presented at the Benjamin Britten at 100: An American Centenary Symposium in November 2013 and the Music of the Americas Choral Symposium in May 2013. As a composer, Dr. Dill is currently working on several commissions, and his first published work, Praise to the Lord was released by Choristers Guild in Fall 2013. Additionally, Dr. Dill currently serves as the director of music at First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa, where he leads the Senior Choir and Jubilation Ringers.
Dr. Dill is also a countertenor and founding member of Vox Antiqua, the only Milwaukee-based early music ensemble. He has sung under the direction of notable early music conductors such as Helmut Rilling and Ton Koopman, and made his solo debut with the Austin Baroque Orchestra in January 2015. He holds a doctoral degree in choral conducting with related field in voice performance from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Millikin University. Dr. Dill has studied choral conducting with Brad Holmes, Andrew Megill, Joe Miller, and Jerry McCoy.
Why do you do what you do?
Short answer: I love music.
Long answer: I want to instill in my students an awareness of music's fundamental role in the enrichment of the human spirit. By doing so, we are able to connect at a deeper level with our audiences. Additionally, I believe the Carroll choirs have an obligation to enrich the soundscape of the university for the entire Carroll community.
How do you make learning engaging?
I like to have high-energy rehearsals that have a nice balance of serious and humorous moments, and I try to pick repertoire that speaks to my singers at difference emotional levels.
What should students know about you?
I want the Carroll choir family to be a group of warm, accepting, and remarkable individuals who offer a rich diversity of personal backgrounds, academic majors, and perspectives of the world around us.