Hi, I’m Patrick.
I grew up in Gibson City, Illinois. When I was in third grade I made my mind up that I would be a music teacher. I moved to Chicago in 2007 to study music education at VanderCook College of Music. I specialized in choral music, joined the acapella groups, met my wife, and graduated in 2011.
I got my first teaching job that summer and worked in Chicago Public Schools for the next five years. I sang in some of the best groups in the city, like the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Constellation Men’s Ensemble, Peregrine Vocal Ensemble, and Innova Singers. I took those experiences to heart and brought those high standards into my classrooms.
In 2016, Bonnie and I moved to Portland, ME when I got an exciting job offer to teach music at Scarborough High School. The next year, I started pursuing a graduate degree in choral conducting at the University of Southern Maine. Since moving to Maine I’ve had the opportunity to conduct the USM Chamber Singers and the USM Dirigo Ensemble. I’ve also sung with the early music ensemble St. Mary Schola, White Mountain Musical Arts, Portland Bach Festival, and the chamber group ChoralArt Camerata.
When I’m not arranging music for my choirs, practicing conducting, listening to new rep I might want to program, I can be found brewing coffee, playing chess, running on Maine’s beautiful trails, or singing chromatic scales to my baby son Burnham.