Who's Who of Professional Women


Coming from a family of musicians, Patricia Rinkenberger decided to follow in their footsteps and pursue her gift. She earned a Bachelor of Music at DePaul University with highest honors in 1970 and a Master of Science in music education from the University of Illinois in 1977, as well as a certification from the VoiceCare Network. Ms. Rinkenberger also completed coursework at Illinois Wesleyan University. To keep in touch with her peers and professional community, she joined prominent organizations like the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Educators), the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and the Beta Beta Chapter of DKGSI.

Over the years, Ms. Rinkenberger used her expertise in vocal, choral, and general music methods to serve as a performer, voice teacher, choral director and coordinator, music educator, adjudicator, and musical producer and director. She is a former senior vocal staff director for the NightBlue Performing Arts Company, a singer in numerous musical projects, and a consultant in Illinois and Michigan. Her main goal is to make the world a better place by identifying talent, developing it, and helping people follow their dreams. She tried to model the behavior she wanted her students to emulate, and would advise the younger generations to set the bar high, try new things, and be respectful and honest in interactions with others. Her achievements were featured in the 27th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

In Ms. Rinkenberger’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, service organization work, reading, walking, and hanging out with her family. Her achievements were featured in the 27th edition of Who’s Who of American Women. ​She and her husband, Stephen, have two children, Michael and Geoffrey.


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