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Patrick K. Freer

Location: Georgia, USA

Patrick K. Freer is associate professor of choral music education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, offering programs at the baccalaureate, masters and Ph.D. levels. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Freer is a frequent guest conductor for all-state choruses and has made over 70 presentations at regional, national and international conferences. He has guest conducted or presented in 31 states, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece and Japan. He conducts annual Memorial Day concerts in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, with the forthcoming 2011 program featuring Gwyneth Walker's New Millennium Suite. Dr. Freer most recently conducted all-state choirs in Georgia and North Carolina; a multi-state honor choir with students from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia; and regional honor choirs in Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky. He currently conducts the Georgia State University Men's Chorus.

Dr. Freer presented philosophical research sessions for the 2010 International Philosophy of Music Education Symposium in Helsinki, Finland; the 2010 MENC National Conference in Anaheim, CA; and the 2010 National Conference of Chorus America and the League of American Orchestras. Later this year he will guest lecture in The Netherlands at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Gehrels Muziededucatie (Amsterdam). He was named a 2009 visiting scholar at James Madison University, has taught graduate courses at Central Connecticut State University and is a visiting associate professor for thesis advising at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Dr. Freer is academic editor and chair of the editorial board for Music Educators Journal, the most widely circulated music education journal in the world. His recent books are Getting Started with Middle School Chorus (2nd Edition) andTIPS: The First Weeks of Middle School Chorus. Dr. Freer is the author of the critically acclaimed DVD series Success for Adolescent Singers and his articles are published in most of the field's leading national and international journals, including the Choral Journal, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Education Research, Music Educators Journal, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Research Studies in Music Education, Southwestern Musician, Teaching Artist Journal and UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education.

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