Patricia Koch Budlong
    Patricia Koch Budlong
  • Artist Lecturer in voice
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Vocal Literature
  • Director, Opera Workshop

Patricia Koch Budlong has been an Artist-Lecturer in Voice at Moravian College since the fall of 2004. Patricia received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education at West Chester University and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Performance Certificate in Opera from DePaul University in Chicago. In the summer of 1993 she attended the Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy where she studied both the Italian language and several Italian opera roles.

In 1994 Patricia won a position in the Lyric Opera of Chicago chorus. During her five seasons at the Lyric, Patricia had the opportunity to work the with world renowned singers, conductors, stage directors and coaches. During this same period she made her professional operatic debut at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan as the title character in Carlisle Floydís dramatic opera, Susannah. Other operatic roles with which she is identified include MicaŽla in Carmen by Bizet, Musetta in La BohŤme by Puccini, Alice in Falstaff by Verdi, the title role in Massenetís Manon, Violetta in La Traviata by Verdi, and Elle in La Voix Humaine by Poulenc. Her concert repertoire includes such works as the soprano solo in Mahlerís Symphony No. 4, Straussís Vier Letze Lieder, Barberís Knoxville: Summer of 1914, and the soprano solos in Hadynís Die SchŲpfung and Mendelssohnís Elijah.

In 2010 Patricia was the recipient of the T. Edgar Shields Prize for excellence in studio teaching, contributions to music scholarship and participating in musical activities and a quality relationship to music students. That year she also became the director of the Opera Workshop at Moravian College. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, operatic and concert work, Patricia continues to perform both as a solo recitalist around the country and with chamber ensembles including Take 2 Woodwind Trio in Edmonton, Canada, and Two-Part Invention and Satori in the Lehigh Valley.