William “Pat” Partridge celebrated forty years at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri, as organist, canon precentor, and choirmaster. Partridge, originally from southern Virginia, began his tenure at the cathedral in 1981. He is also university organist at Washington University, St. Louis, and a member of the faculties at Webster University, St. Louis, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
In addition to teaching at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, he has served on the faculties of American University, Washington, D.C., the School of Music at Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the Catholic University of Puerto Rico on a U.S. State Department project. Partridge is a Fellow of the College of Church Musicians at the Washington National Cathedral, where he also received his master’s degree in church music under Leo Sowerby and Paul Callaway. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Additional studies were with George Thalben-Ball at the Temple Church, London, William McKie of Westminster Abbey, and Gerald Knight at the Royal School of Church Music in England.
For the past ten years, Partridge has served on the board of directors for the Hesse Scholarship Foundation. From 1996–1998 he served as dean of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
For information: christchurchcathedral.us.
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