Patricia McKewen Amato’s extensive operatic experience includes duties as conductor, coach, and accompanist at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and the Young Victorian Theatre in Baltimore. She has served as assistant music director of the Baltimore Opera Company, music director of the Baltimore Opera Touring Company, assistant conductor and chorus master for Washington Summer Opera, music director and conductor for the Annapolis Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Opera Americana in Virginia, the Washington Savoyards, Rep Stage, and the Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra.
A versatile pianist and first place winner of the Houston Chamber Music Society Competition, Amato collaborates frequently with the Baltimore Opera, Baltimore Choral Arts, Baltimore Symphony and Chorus, Annapolis Chorale, Goucher College Chorale, Johns Hopkins University Chorale, Chesapeake Chamber Opera, Opera AACC, Young Audiences KinderOpera Theatre, Annapolis Opera and Metropolitan Opera competitions, and with conductors Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commisiona, Jack Everly, Richard Buckley, Robert Gerle, John DeMain, George Manahan, Eduardo Mueller, Elio Boncompagni, and Mario Venzaga. As conductor and accompanist she has performed with John Aler, James Morris, Gran Wilson, Edward Crafts, Eric Halverson, Kevin Short, Grant Youngblood, Anthony Laciura, Jeffrey Wells, Patrick Carfizzi, Kishna Davis, Harolyn Blackwell, Jane Bunnell, Robynne Redmon, Gina Rollandi, Deidre Palmour, and Chris Merritt.
From 1995–2004 she served as director of Choral Activities at Hood College in Frederick, Md., conducting annual performances of Messiah with the United States Naval Academy Glee Clubs, an all-Gershwin program with Nathan Carter and the Morgan State University Choir, and an all-Beethoven program with Towson University Choirs. In 1999, she made her New York Lincoln Center debut, conducting an all-Charles Loeffler program, which was recorded by Koch International.
Currently, she is a vocal coach/accompanist at Towson University, Baltimore Choral Arts, and AIMS in Graz, Austria. She accompanies and has guest-conducted the critically-acclaimed Children’s Chorus of Maryland, touring internationally, recording, and performing on television with them. Recent engagements include The Carnival of the Animals with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Choral Arts.
Amato holds a Bachelor's of Music from the Catholic University of America, a Master's of Music from the University of Houston (both magna cum laude), and certificates in lieder, opera, and chamber music from AIMS. Her teachers include Rita Sloan, Marilyn Neeley, Brooks Smith, Albert Hirsh, and Elena Nikolaidi. Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among American Women, she lives in Baltimore with her husband Sam and their three daughters.