Patti Drennan (living) earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Music Education degree at the University of Oklahoma. She taught Choral Music for twenty-eight years in Norman Public Schools, the first twenty years at West Mid-High School, where she was voted “Teacher of the Year”, and eight years at Norman High School. In 2004, she was awarded the coveted “Director of Distinction Award” given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. She also was awarded the 2021 "Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Honoree". In 2022, she was awarded the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences "Distinguished Alumni Award" for the Greenwood School of Music.
An active composer and arranger with over two and a half million copies sold, Patti has over 800 choral octavos, piano and piano/vocal books published with thirteen major publishers. Her new choral resource book “Rebuild and Renew” is now available from music dealers. She has served as a clinician for school and church workshops in 22 states, 3 times in Canada, and has presented 4 sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. She has been guest director at numerous "Composer Weekends". She has been an adjudicator for school choral contests in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
Patti retired from teaching in 2004 in order to compose and stay active as a clinician and workshop presenter. For almost ten years she served as Music and Worship Arts Director at First Baptist Church, Norman. She now is Music Director at NorthHaven Baptist Church in Norman. She and her late husband have two grown children, son-in-law and two beautiful grandsons! Patti enjoys writing leading music reading sessions for publishers and singing in a professional gospel choir. She also enjoys spending time teaching piano lessons and performing and recording with her daughter and son-in-law in numerous symphonic performances. Her Christmas CD recorded with her daughter entitled "A Mother Daughter Christmas" is available on I-Tunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and on www.emilydrennan.com/store.