Patrick Durek is a highly-respected music educator and performer. He has taught at Union County College and teaches elementary and middle school music at St. Michael's School in Union. Many of Mr. Durek's students have gotten top scores in international music exams, and others have won competitions. His articles on music have been published in a wide array of magazines and journals.
As a performer, he has premiered numerous solo works, and continues to expand the music repertory through commissions and dedications by some of the most important composers of the early 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 Church in Manhattan, Renee Weiler Recital Hall at Greenwich House Arts, 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, and his recitals have been featured on TV broadcasts in New Jersey.
As an instructor, 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 many others have discovered a rewarding lifelong hobby. Mr. Durek, a merit scholarship recipient, acquired both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.