Patrick holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto Opera School, a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and a Juris Doctorate (PhD.) from Queen's University. He is an accomplished performer and a national scholar, having been awarded a Canadian Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and a National Excellence Award from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Performance credits include roles with Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Summer Lyric Theatre, the Tanglewood Music Festival (Boston Symphony Orchestra), the Bel Canto Institute (Florence, Italy), and the Aspen Music Festival (as a winner of the 2009 concerto competition). He has performed in concerts and operas throughout Canada, the United States, and Italy, and has studied law in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Patrick has performed multiple seasons with the Canadian Vocal Arts Festival, Opera NUOVA, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Opera as Theatre program. He maintains his law practice in Toronto and Simcoe County, and also teaches private French and Italian language lessons in addition to teaching Voice and Piano with Neighbour Note.
I believe in a comprehensive approach to music education. Above all, students should feel excited about learning music, so as much as rigorous practice and disciplined exercised do yield excellent results, in my teaching I always make sure we are having fun too.
I believe in a comprehensive approach to music education. Above all, students should feel excited about learning music, so as much as rigorous practice and disciplined exercised do yield excellent results, in my teaching I always make sure we are having fun too. I teach with an interdisciplinary approach meaning that I build musicianship and artistry into my teaching alongside solid pedagogical techniques that reference the latest in brain science. Good teaching is about calculated inquiry and collaboration. My students learn best when I guide them through a process of discovery. I teach my students to be active listeners and to delve into their own process of inquiry. I want them to eventually know themselves to be their best teacher and me to be their trusted guide.