Prior to coming to FCCUCC, Patrick served as organist at Third Lutheran Church in Rhinebeck, NY, and as interim conductor of the choir at Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers Falls, NY.
Patrick Walker began his studies in classical music in 2009 with private organ lessons and first performed in the American Guild of Organists member’s recital the following year. In 2010 he joined the Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir under the direction of Christine Howlett and has since worked under the direction of Leon Botstein, Randall Craig Fleischer, Drew Minter and others.
In the fall of 2011 he began studies in music theory at Vassar College as a part time student and in the fall of 2012 matriculated as a full time student. In December 2015 he completed a BA in music. The curriculum at Vassar included lessons in organ with Gail Archer, conducting with Eduardo Navega, and Piano with Todd Crow as well as composition with Susan Botti, Richard Wilson, and Jonathan Chenette.
Patrick was a regular performer while at Vassar conducting the Vassar Camerata Ensemble orchestra (the college’s student-run baroque and early music group), singing in multiple choirs, and playing solo organ. He also appeared as organ soloist with the college orchestra in Charles Ives 4th Symphony and was invited to lead the same ensemble in Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony on their fall 2015 program. He performed two undergraduate organ recitals in April and November 2015.
Patrick has been composing steadily since the beginning of his time at Vassar and multiple works he composed have been premiered by the Vassar Mahagonny ensemble. These works include, String Quartet no. 1, A Fable for Tomorrow, Solitude: a choral nocturne, and M45 a fantasy for orchestra, jazz combo, choir, and bagpipes based on the Native American legend of the Pleiades constellation.
Patrick has also served as the interim music director of the Dutchess Anti-Slavery Singers, a group that performs music from the abolitionist movement in the United States. He performs yearly on the Hudson Valley regional AGO member’s recital and has been invited to appear on the Young Organ Artist Recital series at Central Synagogue, (New York, NY) in 2013, 2015 and 2016. During the summer of 2015 he attended the Choral Music Institute at Oxford and the McGill Summer Organ Academy and worked under the tutelage of James Jordan, James Whitbourn, Olivier Latry, James David Christie, and William Porter.
Besides studies in classical music Patrick is an accomplished folk and Celtic musician playing guitar, bagpipes, flute and hurdy-gurdy. Outside of music he enjoys hiking, canoeing, and flying classic aircraft.
Upcoming engagements include an organ recital at Christ Church Poughkeepsie, NY on April 29th and the installation of his audio-visual work Choral Fantasy in the Collaboratory at Vassar College.
Please contact Patrick if you would like to be part of our Chancel Choir. Rehearsals are typically directly before worship at 9:00 AM. All are welcome. To see who currently sings with us visit the “Who We Are” page!