Patricia Budlong holds a Performance Certificate in Opera and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University. 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 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 Floyd’s dramatic opera, Susannah. Other operatic roles with which she is identified include Micaëla (Carmen) by Bizet, Musetta (La Bohème) by Puccini, Alice (Falstaff) by Verdi, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, Violetta (La Traviata) by Verdi, and Elle (La Voix Humaine) by Poulenc. Her concert repertoire includes such works as the soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Strauss’s Vier Letze Lieder, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1914; soprano soloist in Hadyn’s Die Schöpfung and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She is also an active chamber musician performing with Take 3 Woodwind Trio and the Alberta Percussion Ensemble in Edmonton Canada as well as Two-Part Invention and Satori in the Lehigh Valley. Patricia was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for excellence in studio teaching from Moravian College. In addition to her performing career, Patricia has maintained an active teaching career. Her pedagogical focus is on engaging her students in using their entire instrument in healthful singing, while developing excellent musicianship and a diverse repertoire.