Mr. & Mrs. William T. Gamble Chair
Pat Flannagan is now in his 34th year on the faculty at King University where he teaches music history, conducting, musicology, choir, and voice. Dr. Flannagan is also the founding conductor of the Voices of the Mountains, a regional choir working with The Symphony of the Mountains. Flannagan earned a B.A. in Psychology from King College, B.M. in Church Music and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from The Catholic University of America. While a student at Westminster, his mentors were Dennis Shrock and Joseph Flummerfelt, and he had opportunities to sing and study with some of the outstanding conductors of the 20th century including Robert Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Antal Dorati, et al.
Under his leadership, King University Choirs have toured extensively in the U.S. and in Scotland and England. In December of 2008, King University was privileged to host Morten Lauridsen for a week of residence and perform a concert of his music. Dr. Flannagan has trained choirs for 6 different performances at Carnegie Hall, working with conductors such as Timothy Sharp and John Rutter. In July of 2010 and July 2014, Flannagan accompanied 20+ singers from King College and the Voices of the Mountains as participants in the Festival of the Aegean in Greece. In May of 2015, several members of the Voices of the Mountains performed Tim Sharp’s “High Lonesome Dove: A Bluegrass Mass” at Carnegie Hall. Flannagan has also published several articles including Select Examples of Choreinbau in the Cantatas of J.S. Bach, The Choral Journal, December, 2000.
Dr. Flannagan is committed to bringing quality choral literature and performances to the southern Appalachian Mountains. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator at choral festivals in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee.