Beverly Patton joined the School of Music in 2006 from the Penn State School of Theatre where she spent the previous eight years as Coordinator of Musical Direction for the BFA Musical Theatre program. She now serves as Musical Director/Conductor for the Penn State Opera Theatre and as Musical Theatre Voice Specialist. Dr. Patton received the BM in Music Education and MA in Vocal Performance from California State University, Chico, and the DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. She received an Instrumental Conducting Fellowship to The Aspen Music School where she studied with Rodney Eichenberger and Murray Sidlin. Formerly Director of Opera and Musical Theatre at Ithaca College, Dr. Patton has also taught at the University of California, Irvine and Irvine Valley College. She is a veteran conductor of musical theatre and opera productions including Gianni Schicchi, The Bartered Bride, Ragtime, Into the Woods, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Summer Arts Camp. With Mary Saunders she presented the workshop "Bel Canto or Can Belto" at the Internationaler und Interdisziplinarer Kongress und Festival: BROADWAY AN DER RUHR in Dortmund, Germany, and with Norman Spivey she was Co-Director of the NATS Winter Workshop "Musical Theatre and the Belt Voice: Part II" in New York. She has presented her workshop, “New Century Sounds” in Essen, Berlin and Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Patton is a member of the National Opera Association (having formerly served as Regional Governor of the NOA Northeast Division) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).