Patricia O’Neill

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  • swampdiva6@gmail.com
  • (225) 810-9876 (mobile)
  • Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Though I teach primarily performing artists, I enjoy teaching folks from all walks of life, because the Alexander Technique is a remarkable vehicle for self-exploration. The art of singing is the love of my life. Throughout the years I have explored its many facets from different perspectives-classical singer, professor of voice, stage director, writer and, finally, Alexander Teacher. Whatever my perspective, I have always approached singing soulfully and the discovery of the Alexander Technique opened up a clearly soulful path for me, not only for singing, but for living a life more present to myself, my environment, and others, because Alexander Technique insists without demanding; it gives permission by saying “no”; it empowers by disarming; it inspires human beings to embrace their role in the fabric of life and celebrate their oneness with all. Below I have outlined my life’s adventures:

Professor of Voice Emerita, Patricia O’Neill’s career has taken her throughout much of the United States, Europe 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 classical singing with famous pedagogues, Prof. Margarete von Winterfeldt in Berlin, Norman Gulbrandsen in Chicago and Vera Rozsa in London.

For nine years Patricia O’Neill sat on the voice faculty of Northwestern University in Illinois. 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. Since joining the voice faculty at Louisiana State University in 1990, she has taught Vocal Performance, Alexander Technique, Performance Craft, Advanced German, French and Italian Diction, Song Literature, and a seminar in Vocal Pedagogy. In May, 2004, she received the Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award for her teaching at LSU.

In 1998 she began training to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia, and was certified a teaching member of ATI in 2002. Since joining ATI, she has served as a Board Member, four years as Ethics Committee Chair and three years as a member of the Certification Coordinating Committee. In 2005, her lecture Thought Shepherding in Singing presented in Oxford, England at the 7th International Congress for the F.M. Alexander Technique, was published in the Congress Papers.

O’Neill has performed extensively as a recitalist, a medium she especially enjoys, ‘because of its intimacy.’ She has performed throughout the U.S., and to Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland, S. Korea, Costa Rica, and a month-long tour of The People’s Republic of China for both recitals and master classes.

What started out as a hobby became 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.’ This eventually developed into a concert of Irish folk songs, accompanying herself on the harp, and spicing the program with folk tales and a bit of Irish history. Her recording The Quiet Land of Erin was produced in 1989. She has performed this concert over much of the United States and also in China, Ireland and Norway.

An endowed professor (Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professorship in Voice) prior to retirement in May,

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  • First Language: English