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Patrick Freer

Professor, Music Education    

Music Education – Choral
Coordinator of Music Education

Patrick K. Freer is Professor of Music at Georgia State University. He is a former Interim Director of the School of Music. His degrees are from Westminster Choir College and Teachers College-Columbia University. Dr. Freer holds Affiliate Faculty status with Georgia State’s Institute of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He is Past Chair and Chair-Elect of the NAfME Gender & Sexuality Special Research Interest Group and an appointed member of the ACDA Standing Committee on Research and Publications. He is a recent inductee to Westminster Choir College’s Music Education Hall of Fame.

Dr. Freer has guest conducted or presented in 37 states and 19 countries, including at six National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and seven National Conferences of the National Association for Music Education. He was keynote speaker and guest conductor for the inaugural International Symposium of Singing and Song (St. Johns, Canada). In 2017, Dr. Freer will be a featured lecturer at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music (Spain) and will teach at the Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory (Kazakhstan), and Escuela Coral de Madrid (Spain). Dr. Freer will present for the Israel Philharmonic’s 1st International Conference on Music Education, the 25th Conference of the European Association of Music Schools (Austria), and the Georgia Music Educators Association. He will also serve as an Endowed Chair at the University of Alabama. His 2017 guest-conducting schedule includes the Central Asia School Honor Choir (Kazakhstan), Georgia’s GMEA District 11, the Kansas State Children’s Honor Choir, and the “Real Men Sing” Young Men’s Vocal Workshop at Bethany College (Kansas).

Dr. Freer is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. He is the immediate past editor of Music Educators Journal and is on the Editorial Committee for Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. He has authored 3 textbooks, a DVD series, 16 book chapters/sections, and over 120 articles in most of the field’s leading national and international journals. Dr. Freer’s research focus is on the sociological and pedagogical factors impacting the singing of boys during and beyond the adolescent voice change.