The Gillette Chamber Singers is a mixed adult choir comprised of local musicians who enter the group through audition. Begun in 1986 with 16 original members, the choir has expanded to over 40 members The members demonstrate a variety of occupations and interests, yet everyone participates because of a deep love of singing.
The group’s concert repertoire is made predominately of traditional a capella choral works composed by both well known choral masters and traditional and contemporary American composers. GCS has had the opportunity to present concerts to audiences throughout the region and the world. They have appeared on stage with the professional groups Cantus, The Coats, and Cantabile. They have participated in concerts and clinics with leading choral conductors in the United States and have appeared in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. GCS has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Through their travels they have had the good fortune to present many concerts including appearances at St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh; St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice; St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna; Piazza Duomo, Levanto, Italy: and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
Pat Patton, Artistic Director and Conductor
Dr. Patton is a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Casper College. He accepted an invitation to join the Chamber Singers as Artistic Director in the fall of 2010. Prior to directing the Chamber Singers, Dr. Patton served as conductor of the Choral Arts Ensemble of Casper and the Helena Symphony Chorale in addition to his duties at Casper College.
He has made over 400 appearances on four continents as a guest conductor, adjudicator and workshop clinician. Some of his credits include conductor of the All-Northwest ACDA Women’s Choir, the Northwest Division ACDA 9th and 10th grade honor choirs, and All-State Honor Choirs in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. He served as guest conductor for the Wyoming Ambassadors of Music tour to Europe on five occasions. The 100-voice choir presented concerts in England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.
Dr. Patton holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wyoming. He is a proud graduate of Lingle/Ft. Laramie High School.