Dr. Patrick Hawkins, Music Director
A native of Virginia, Dr. Patrick Hawkins is the Director of Music and Organist at Incarnation Lutheran Church. As a child, he began his formal musical training in the piano preparatory division at Hollins College under the guidance of Shuko Watanabe Petty. Following his graduation, he earned degrees in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University (1992), East Carolina University (1995), and Arizona State University (2008). His teachers included Peggy Haas Howell, Janette Fishell, and Kimberly Marshall. Further organ study was taken with Cherry Rhodes and Carole Terry and piano study with Joseph Rackers. As an organist, Dr. Hawkins has recorded organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach for the Arkay Records label and has been featured on NPR's Pipedreams. He has recorded piano works by Joseph Haydn and Maria Heater Park and Giovanni Matielli upon period instruments. Patrick Hawkins has performed throughout the United States, in England, France, Germany, Spain, and South Korea - including three performances at regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists in San Diego, Phoenix, and Annapolis.
As a choral director, Dr. Hawkins taught for seventeen years as a public school music teacher in California and in South Carolina. From 2008 to 2018 he was the choir teacher at Spring Valley High School in Columbia's Richland School District Two. His pupils regularly earned spots in the SC Honor Choir and upon graduation several obtained degrees in music and pursed careers as performers and teachers.
Dr. Hawkins is a past Dean of the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Sigal Music Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, and has been on the Board of Directors for the Historic Keyboard Society of North America.