Maestro William 'Patrick' Alston
The Baltimore City College Choir
A native Baltimorean W. Patrick Alston has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both a solo artist and an accompanist. He has been active in church music for over (20) twenty years, and he has served as organist, pianist, and music administrator for various churches in Baltimore City. He is the minister of music of the Douglas Memorial Community Church of Baltimore City. He teaches keyboard and international baccalaureate music theory at Baltimore City College High School (2002), where he has been the principal accompanist for their renowned choral program under the direction of Ms. Linda Hall. For eleven years he taught piano and organ at the New Shiloh School of Music (1996-2007), which has been renamed the Nathan Carter School of Music in tribute to the late headmaster Dr. Nathan Carter of Morgan State University.
He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (2013) where he earned the Master of Music Education degree. He holds a BA in piano performance from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1996), and he holds the Colleague certificate in organ performance from the American Guild of Organists (1998). In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in sacred music from the Eastern Theological Seminary. He is the founder of Hands ‘n’ Harmony, Inc. (2009), an organization that specializes in the education and professional development of church musicians.