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Patricia Au joined the Conservatory in 2023 as an assistant professor of voice. She music directs the Children’s Opera, teaches seminar classes, and serves as the voice faculty liaison. From 2016 to 2022, she was a staff pianist in the Voice and Opera Department.
Known for her vivacious energy, Dr. Au is a versatile collaborative pianist, music director, and educator. She has held positions at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Victoria Conservatory of Music, as well as conducted master classes at Bucknell University and New World School of the Arts. As music director, she has led productions at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, HeliosOpera, OperaHub, and Boston Opera Collaborative. A frequent interpreter of contemporary music, she has workshopped with living composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina and John Harbison. As an educator, Au served as resident teaching artist and education pianist for Boston Lyric Opera, where she realized her passion for introducing young people to opera as a storytelling art. Along with performing, she is equally comfortable as an arts administrator, having held positions with Vancouver International Song Institute and SongFest.
Au is also an active collaborative pianist member of the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS). A native of West Coast Canada, Au has earned degrees at University of Victoria and University of British Columbia, and received her M.M. and D.M.A. in collaborative piano from New England Conservatory of Music. She has also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Orford Arts Centre, Franz Schubert Institut, and Académie Francis Poulenc.