Dr. Patrick F. Casey
Visiting Lecturer, Music Education
Patrick F. Casey joined the MTSU School of Music this fall after a five-year tenure in Germany as a vocal and instrumental music educator with the U.S. Department of Defense schools. His return to primary and secondary teaching followed over two decades of instrumental music instruction in post-secondary education, with the most recent post being as Visiting Associate Professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2007-2008). At Indiana, Casey conducted the IU Symphonic Band, and taught graduate wind conducting and related courses. The visiting year in Indiana followed a three-year term at Virginia Tech, where he conducted the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University Chamber Winds, taught applied conducting, and founded the VT Band Director’s Institute (summer 2007). Under his leadership at Virginia Tech, the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, and the Chamber Winds received high praise for their work both on and off campus. Similarly, while serving as Director of Bands at the University of Central Missouri (1996-2004), Casey led their top concert band to perform each eligible year at the Missouri Music Educators Conference.
Prior to the Central Missouri years Casey held posts in music education and bands at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the Ohio State University, and the University of Dayton. His first years of teaching were in the public schools of Dardanelle, Arkansas, where he led the Dardanelle High School Band to it’s first-ever “sweepstakes” recognition (1st division in district marching, concert and sight-reading festivals). He remains in frequent demand as a clinician and guest conductor, having presented and performed throughout much of the United States as well as in Taiwan, England and Germany.
Casey’s formal education includes degrees in music education and conducting from The Ohio State University, Northwestern University, and Arkansas Tech University, where his principal teachers included Craig Kirchhoff, Richard Blatti, John Paynter, Frank Crisafulli, Hal Cooper, Andy Anders and Vicki Kiehl.
He has recently served as Music Director of the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir (2008-2013), as President of the European Music Educators Association (2012-2013), and in earlier times, as the Southwest division chair of the National Band Association, and Missouri chair of the College Band Directors National Association. He holds honorary memberships in Tau Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Beta Mu, and his continuing professional affiliations also include the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the American Choral Directors Association.
At MTSU, Casey’s principal role is with supervision of instrumental music education internships (Residency I and Residency II).