Patrick Durek is a highly-respected music educator and performer. He has taught at Union County College and elementary and middle school music classes in Union. Many of Mr. Durek's students have gotten top scores in international music exams (ABRSM), and others have won competitions. His articles on music have been published in a wide array of magazines and journals.
As a performer, Mr. Durek has given numerous solo and chamber music concerts from Maine to Maryland, and continues to expand the music repertory through dedications by some of the most important composers of the 21st century. Sponsored by such organizations as the Composers Guild of New Jersey, Peabody Institute, American Composers Forum, NYWC, and others, Mr. Durek has performed at such legendary venues as Christ & St. Stephen’s in Manhattan, Renee Weiler Recital Hall, Drew University, Montclair State University, St. Timothy Music Festival in Maryland, and at the annual Christmas at Westminster Concert in Princeton. In addition, he has given sold-out concerts to audiences at such historic venues as the Barron Arts Center and the George Peabody Library in Baltimore His recitals have been featured on TV broadcasts in New Jersey.
Mr. Durek teaches students of all ages (currently, students ages range from 5 through 85) and levels. Some of his students have gone on to become professional musicians, while others have discovered a rewarding lifelong hobby. Mr. Durek, a merit scholarship recipient, acquired both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the prestigious Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.