Patti Drennan 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 28 years in Norman Public Schools, the first 20 at West Mid-High School, where she was voted "Teacher of the Year", and the past eight years at Norman High School where she directed four choirs which consistently received Superior ratings. She most recently was awarded the coveted "Director of Distinction Award" given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.
An active composer and arranger, Patti has over 175 choral octavos published with Shawnee Press, Alfred Music Publishing, Beckenhorst Press and other major publishers. She has served as a clinician for school and church workshops in 18 states and Canada, and has presented four sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. She has been guest director at numerous Composer Weekends and has had a composition from Sing for the Cure performed at Carnegie Hall. She has been an adjudicator for choral contests in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
Patti recently retired from teaching in order to compose, stay active as a clinician and workshop presenter and serve as Interim Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Norman. She is married and has two grown children; Emily, a musical theater performer in New York City, and Adam, a University of Oklahoma student.