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Audrey Patterson
XXXXX XXXXXXXX XX , Laurinburg , NC 28352
Professional Summary

Accomplished and energetic music instructor with a solid history of achievement in performance.  Motivated leader with strong organizational and prioritization abilities. Areas of expertise include creativity, strong work ethic, expert knowledge, and impeccable social skills.  Over 30 years of music making. 

  • Instructing
  • Education and Training
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Innovator
  • Administration and Management
  • Active Listening
  • Coordination
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Time Management
Children's Choir Director 09/2008 - Present
First United Methodist Church - Laurinburg, NC
  • Provides leadership to over 33 children ages pre-K through 5th grade, facilitating weekly rehearsals and producing two substantial annual musicals.
  • Established and is currently maintaining two children's choirs and strengthened enrollment from 6 to 33 members.
  • Attends monthly staff meetings and prepare all children's choir information to the bulletin and newsletter. 
  • Directs group rehearsals and arranges detail such as locations, accompanists, schedule, and instrumentalists. 
  • Considers such factors as ensemble size, abilities, and developmentally appropriate exercises. 
  • Studies scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop memorization and interpretations to the text and phrasing.   
  • Recruits and forms volunteers as needed.
  • Positions members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections. 
  • Confers with clergy to select music for church services. 
  • Transcribes musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to a particular group.
  • Plans and implements fund-raising and promotional activities. 
  • Rehearses with soloists to discuss and prepare for performances. 
  • Composes music to create a particular musical style or affect. 
  • Directs group rehearsals and live performances in order to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo. 
  • Creates ways to improve the children's ministry such as revamping the children's corridor-- costume closet, media room, snack room, temple, and renovating the children's playground. 
  • Files and oversees the children's music library
  • Submits monthly newsletters and maintains effective communication with staff and parents alike.
  • Exposes the children to a solid foundation in sacred music education, hiring guest musicians for demonstration with utmost focus and attention.
Musicians, Instrumental 08/2003 - 12/2007
Red Springs Presbyterian Church - Red Springs, NC
  • Facilitated program recruitment, development, and ongoing formation of volunteers and guest musicians in the church.
  • Conducted a quartet from the NC Symphony at annual Christmas cantata. 
  • Practiced individually and in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills. 
  • Planned weekly anthems and musical selections for performance on Sunday mornings. 
  • Established a new children's choir program. Over the course of four years, recruited and maintained the attendance of 22 children.     
  • Led music ministry overall and weekly choir rehearsals which include the adult, handbell, and children's choirs. 
  • Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals. 
  • Composed music, specifically for baptism, to fit individual purposes. 
  • Transposed music and used computer software to set a specific key for individuals. 
  • Improvised music during performances. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in organ and piano skills and possessed an ensuing knowledge of both traditional and contemporary liturgical music. 
  • Revamped the position according to growth in the church, adding responsibilities and room for growth and expansion. 
  • Invigorated worship through elevating music and strong, creative work ethic. 
  • Collaborated with staff and members of the session to plan liturgies and special celebrations as the "Kirkin O' the Tartan" and other special services. 
  • Communicated effectively and promptly with choir members on what is expected and the upcoming schedule.
  • Provided leadership overall in all aspects of music ministry. 
  • Maintained all keyboard instruments onsite including an historic organ. 
Adjunct Instructor of Organ 08/2003 - 05/2005
University of North Carolina at Pembroke - Pembroke, NC
  • Recruited prospective organ students and maintained overall organ program. 
  • Taught and graded students' organ lessons. 
  • Compiled, administered, and graded examinations and juries.   
  • Scheduled and coordinated weekly lessons with students
  • Attended staff meetings. 
  • Accompanied any vocal majors when needed. 
  • Prepared course materials such as syllabi and homework assignments.   
  • Initiated and moderated lesson discussions. 
  • Planned, evaluated, revised organ curricula, and methods of instruction. 
  • Maintained regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students. 
  • Collaborated with colleagues to address teaching and research issues. 
  • Provided information to the public
  • Kept abreast of developments in the field by reading current organ literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional events. 
Part-time Organist/Children's Choir Director 06/2001 - 06/2003
First Presbyterian Church - Concord, NC
  • Planned and organized a substantial children's choir program with three choirs and 33 children; Was responsible for program growth in the children's ministry. 
  • Accompanied the adult choir on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.
  • Prepared and selected all musical pieces for two large weekly Sunday services at 8:30a.m. and 11:00a.m; submitted weekly bulletin and newsletter information;  Played the organ for 1000+ congregants each week. 
  • Maintained all keyboard instruments at a large facility with numerous pianos, one harpsichord, and an organ.
  • Filed and organized a substantial music library on site. 
  • Led and taught a weekly piano studio with many students. 
  • Responsible for handbells and ensuring maintenance; scheduling performances. 
  • Featured organist for fall recital on the historic Flentrop organ in 2003. 
  • Featured as accompanist at Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC. 
Master of Music : Organ Performance & Literature May 2001 University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN Mrs. Baker earned the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance and Literature where she studied with Dr. Craig Cramer. During the summer of 2001 Mary Louise traveled to Eastern Germany to study Johann Sebastian Bach and the organs of Silbermann. In April of 2004, she served on the panel of judges for the statewide hymn-playing competition at Methodist College. A month later she accepted the position as organ instructor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She earned her certification in Kindermusik in 2006.
Bachelor of Music: Organ Performance and Piano Minor May 1999 Salem College - Winston-Salem, NC Mary Louise holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance at Salem College, where she studied with Dr. Jack Mitchener and Ms. Barbara Lister-Sink. While she was at Salem, she was an A.J. Fletcher Scholar, a Junior Marshall, and the recipient of the President's Prize in 1999.
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Previous Companies:

  • First United Methodist Church
  • Red Springs Presbyterian Church
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Previous Job Positions:

  • Childrens Choir Director
  • Musicians
  • Instrumental
  • Adjunct Instructor of Organ
  • Part time Organist


  • University of Notre Dame
  • Salem College

Level of Education:

  • Master of Music
  • Bachelor of Music

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