Patti DeWitt


Patti DeWitt is a name well-known among Texas choral directors. For the past 10 years she has had music published through Southern Music Company for the Texas State Choral Sightreading Contest. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Henderson State University and a Master of Music degree from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M at Commerce). She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Houston in 1998. Her dissertation is a comprehensive and sequential sightsinging program for the public school classroom. She has nineteen years of teaching experience in the public schools, where her choirs have consistently won first division awards. She has presented workshops and clinics at state conventions as well as individual school districts. It is Dr. DeWitt’s philosophy that music reading is a fundamental and requisite skill for singers, and her purpose has been to give teachers of young choirs ample and appropriate materials to achieve this end. In addition, Dr. DeWitt has composed many concert choral works. She has composed commissioned pieces for individual choirs as well as for the Texas Music Educators Association Region XVII Junior High All-Region Choir. Many of her choral pieces have been published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Other works include Children’s Mass (1998) with organ and hand bell accompaniment, sacred piano arrangements, cello solos, Kaleidoscope, an unaccompanied flute solo, and a dramatic solo-cantata, Children, completed in 1984.


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