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Pat O'Scannell

Guest Artist, Musician

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Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


A professional musician since 1980, Pat O'Scannell has brought her uniquely passionate approach to the performance of Early Music to audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe as a vocalist of extraordinary range, a multi-instrumentalist of remarkable virtuosity, and a musical director and arranger of great depth and imagination. Many will know her as a seasoned performer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she has been a musician and musical director for many seasons.

Ms. O'Scannell is widely acclaimed as a teacher of recorder, renaissance reeds, viola da gamba and voice, with an emphasis on early and traditional styles and practices. She has also taught many seminars about the evolution of renaissance music and instruments to audiences of all ages. In addition, O'Scannell teaches traditional Irish tin whistle, ballad singing, and bones. O'Scannell's uncanny ability as a singer to convey a message, her consummate improvisatory skill, her way of shaping an air so that the listener is taken through every emotion, and her virtuosity on the whistle in interpreting hornpipes, jigs and reels make her talents in this genre complete.

Pat O’Scannell was a member of CRIONA, a band that played traditional music of Ireland and the British Isles for over a decade from San Diego to British Columbia. In this group she played whistle, guitar, and bones and sang both traditional ballads and sean nos unaccompanied songs. She continues to perform and record traditional Irish music, both as a soloist and in collaboration with others such as Thomaseen Foley and Men of Worth.

Ms. O'Scannell teaches people of all ages. She has served young children through state sanctioned programs and adults through Southern Oregon University where she has taught through the Shakespeare Studies, Elder Hostel, and Senior Ventures programs for many years. She has also taught in a variety of other schools, colleges, and educational programs throughout the Northwest. Currently Pat O'Scannell serves as the artistic director of the Terra Nova Consort and music director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Please contact Pat O'Scannell at 541-482-9757 or at


Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.