A native Baltimorean W. Patrick Alston has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a solo artist, composer, and an accompanist in prestigious venues that include: The White House (3), Carnegie Hall, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Auditorium De Milan. He has served as organist, pianist, and music administrator for various churches in Baltimore City and has been active in church music for over twenty (30) years. In 2007 he founded Hands’n’Harmony Incorporated which hosts seminars and private lessons in keyboard techniques and sacred music. As a keyboard artist he is a member of the duo Hands’n’Harmony with his brother James Dewitt. They perform piano and organ concerts the world over. He currently serves as the worship music consultant for New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. He is also a staff organist at the Sligo Seventh Day Adventist Church where he was recently honored for 11 years of service.
He holds the following degrees, certificates, and honors: MM from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (2013) music education, honorary doctorate in sacred music from the Eastern Theological Seminary (2007), BA in piano performance from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1996), Colleague certificate from the American Guild of Organists (1998).
As a certified musical educator in the State of Maryland, he teaches keyboard and international baccalaureate music theory at Baltimore City College High School. He also teaches The Gospel Music Tradition of Baltimore at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as an adjunct professor. He is the principal accompanist for the renowned Baltimore City College High School Choirs under the direction of Ms. Linda Hall (1999-2013), currently under the direction of Mr. Marcus Smith. He taught piano and organ at the Carter School of Music (1996-2007). He is also the organist for the renowned Community Concert Choir of Baltimore under the direction of Dr. Marco K. Merrick.
He is married to Seanne Alston, and they are the proud parents of two children.