Operations Director & Librarian, Assistant Conductor, PYAO
Patrick works to engage students through music – education, performance, and advocacy are common threads. An alumni of the PYO Music Institute program (2006-2012), he knows that the student experience here is one that cultivates musical and personal development in our community’s future leaders.
Currently, Patrick is a tenured faculty member of the Pennsbury School District instrumental music program – Pennsbury has been recognized as one of the top communities for music education in the country by the NAMM foundation for the last decade. Patrick serves on the artistic and administrative staff for the PYO Music Institute as Assistant Conductor and Operations Director & Librarian. Patrick also serves on the adjunct faculty at Drexel University as the Music Director & Conductor of the Drexel University Concert Band.
Past positions in higher education include adjunct professor at Temple University, where he co-authored the Arts Enterprise course on personal financial management and entrepreneurship in the arts, and adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design where he taught entrepreneurship in the business minor program. He is also an active freelance percussionist and private lesson instructor for percussion students: performances as a soloist included the 2012 North American Debut of John Psathas’s Timpani Concerto “Planet Damnation”. He is a published composer and author, and an active clinician and guest conductor.
Patrick holds degrees from Temple University (B.M. Music Education) and Drexel University (M.S. Arts Administration), as well as continuing education credits from the University of the Arts and the American College of Education. Graduate research at Drexel focused on the goals, communication channels, and funding structures of non-profit performing arts organizations’ arts education programming in public schools. This research has helped to engage arts leaders in conversations about how arts education programs are structured and implemented, and how those programming decisions impact students’ musical experiences. In 2016, Patrick was awarded the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Arts by Drexel University. Other honors include Temple University’s Jack Moore Scholarship for contributions to the percussion department, PYO Music Institute’s Helen Carp distinguished service award, Pennsbury’s Stan Kenton Award for excellence in jazz, and membership in various academic honors societies. Patrick is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, and National Association for Music Education.