Patricia Kelley Keith has given private voice and piano instruction for twenty five years. She has over thirty five years of training and experience in vocal music and piano performance. Her style of instruction combines a friendly, personal approach while providing great technical expertise and musical insight.
Ms. Keith is the owner, manager and lead educator at The Music Studio of Patricia Keith and in 2015 opened a second location in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Through her studio, she directs multiple choirs, gives group piano and voice classes, and teaches private piano and voice lessons to all ages. She has designed and implemented her own curriculum for Parent & Me music, called "Music Time", that helps foster a love of music with parents and children starting in infancy. She has also developed a comprehensive vocal curriculum for group voice study which teaches young singers to develop healthy singing habits, confidence and style, while building excellent core technique and having fun exploring creativity with their peers. In 2012 she fulfilled her dream to start a gifted & talented youth chorus in her area and founded the Honor Choir, an ensemble which combines a motivation for excellence with community service. In 2015 she premiered her children's choir program, Treble Choir for children ages 8-13. And in 2016 she founded Berks Vocal Arts, a diverse vocal ensemble devoted to achieving vocal excellence through artistic expression and a rigorous work ethic with emphasis on building musicianship through sight reading & the performance of challenging choral literature.
She is very pleased to collaborate with her siblings to run a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Wings of Hope Events, Inc. in memory of their mother. Ms. Keith is the founder and producing artistic director of the annual Wings of Hope Benefit Concert, featuring professional performers and gifted students in the mission of Uniting Families Impacted by Cancer. With the tremendous support of the community the events have raised over $70,000 for cancer-related charities and local families. www.WingsofHopeEvents.com
Ms. Keith is also in demand as a choral clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator. She has conducted the Maryland All State Junior Chorus and appears regularly guest conducting All-County and Honor Choirs throughout the state of Maryland. She worked as a vocal and general music educator, mentor teacher, clinician, and curriculum author in the Carroll County, Maryland Public School system for thirteen years. In her tenure, she taught at both the middle and high school levels. From 2000-2007, she served as Director of Choral Activities at North Carroll High School, (Hampstead, MD), where she directed the 9th Grade Chorus, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Men’s Choir, Chamber Singers and the renowned North Carroll Ensemble. Formerly, she was a member of Adjunct Music faculty teaching Applied Piano at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Her choirs have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of British composer/conductor John Rutter and made appearances for the Maryland Music Educator’s Association as well as numerous regional High School Invitational Choir festivals. Her vocal groups consistently earned superior ratings and high praise at local, state and regional levels. She served on the board of The Maryland Choral Educator’s Association and has designed and implemented choral education clinics for colleagues.
Ms. Keith majored in music at College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a concentration in both piano and voice. She has engaged in post baccalaureate and graduate studies in music education, voice, and conducting at Towson and Duquesne Universities and The Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has studied voice with Dr. Phillip Collister, Betty Ridgeway and Joyce Hubbard, piano with Dr. Christy Izdebski and conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker and Dr. Lawrence Edwards.
She has appeared on stage or served as Music Director in theatrical productions with September Song (Westminster, MD), Theater on the Hill (McDaniel College), Cockpit in Court (Essex Community College) and has sung with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. For several years, she held the soprano soloist positions at Catonsville United Methodist Church and Gregory Memorial Baptist Church. She has sung professionally throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.
These days she is joyful to be busy with her greatest production to date, raising a family, and always sends love and light to her three children, Mackenzie, Mason and Maddox and to her husband Tim, who endlessly supports each of her projects and crazy ideas. Her passion in life is to continue to help all people to delight in the joy of music while celebrating both the unity and diversity in each other and the world around us.