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Patrick A. Pearson (B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1989; M.A., VanderCook College of Music, 2003) began his tenure at Midwest Young Artists in 1995 where he currently conducts the Cadet, Concertino and Philharmonia Orchestras. He also teaches composition. Mr. Pearson is also the orchestra director at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he conducts 3 orchestras, 1 band, and teaches AP Music Theory. . Before teaching at OPRFHS, he taught nine years at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois, two years at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and three years at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida. During his tenure at East Lake, Mr. Pearson was named Teacher of the Year for 1992-1993. In his 21 years of teaching, Mr. Pearson has toured with his orchestras on several international tours to destinations including Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and Mexico. He has also participated in the MYA tours to China, South Korea, Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic.
Mr. Pearson is active as a guest conductor of many string and orchestra festivals and is a member of the Illinois Music Educators’ Association (MENC), the American String Teachers’ Association, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity. Mr. Pearson also serves as the Assistant Director of Music at Shiloh Baptist Church in Waukegan, Illinois. Mr. Pearson lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois, with his wife, Andrya, and their two daughters, Taylor and Alexandrya.