Accomplishment: Worked with International Music Artists
Major: Music, Vocal Performance
Minor: Spanish, Religion
Patrick Minor forgot how to play piano this year.
He was standing in the acoustically-perfect Carol Hall after watching workers assemble the brand new Steinway concert grand. Nobody had touched the freshly assembled 88 ivories on the top-of-the-line piano, and Maestro Jack Ergo had just asked his music class, “Well, who is going to be the first one to play it?”
Luckily for Patrick, a friend pushed him forward; Maestro Ergo told him, “Patrick, go ahead!” and his memory quickly returned. And while some may envy the bragging rights of being the first to christen the Steinway in Carol Hall, it’s just one of many accomplishments Patrick stacked up over Homecoming 2012.
For starters, Patrick acted alongside internationally known actor/writer/director Arliss Howard in Graceland’s Homecoming play, “Our Town.” What’s more, Howard recruited Patrick to compose and perform a musical score for the play, that actress Debra Winger, Howard’s wife complimented.
"Graceland gives you opportunity. It doesn't force leadership roles on you, but it makes them an undeniable option."
From there, Patrick went on to play alongside jazz legends Wycliffe Gordon and Jens Lindemann with the Yellowjacket Jazz Band. After boldly playing his trumpet solo (while standing next to one of the best the trumpeters—Lindemann), Patrick got a clap on the back and an animated introduction to the crowd from Lindemann.
Between Patrick’s choir, band, theatre and campus ministries performances throughout the week, he stacked up more than a dozen performances in what he calls, “one of the most exhausting and one of the most significant and fulfilling weeks I’ve ever experienced.”
And while the star status of Homecoming 2012 was irregular for Patrick, a week crowded with musical performances is nothing out of the ordinary. During his time at Graceland, he’s been involved with Praise Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, A Capella Choir and KBUZ radio. Though music keeps his schedule full, Patrick has also made time to get involved with Campus Ministries, and he traveled to Nicaragua with Outreach International last winter.
After his graduation this spring, Patrick hopes to keep music as a guiding force in his life. He’s considering everything from trying out for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City to pursuing his dream career with National Public Radio (NPR.)