Since graduating, Patrick has become extremely busy as a freelance pianist and educator. He has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region, appearing at most of the major jazz festivals and venues in and around the Lehigh Valley.
In addition to his live performance, Patrick has appeared on several recordings ranging from jazz and blues to metal and pop, and has had his big band compositions performed by the Moravian College BIG Band, the 4 O’ Clock Big Band at the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop in Frydlant, Czech Republic, and by the Steel Stacks High School All Star Big Band at Musikfest.
Originally from West Milford, NJ, and now located in Bethlehem, PA, Patrick Kerssen started piano lessons around age ten and began playing professionally with his younger brother Alex by the time they were teenagers.
His first teacher was jazz pianist Mitch Schechter, who taught him both classical and jazz. While attending Moravian College (now University) as a jazz piano major, he studied primarily with Skip Wilkins, Tony Gairo, and Neil Wetzel. He graduated in 2018 with a dual degree in music performance and music education.
Patrick also keeps busy as an accompanist and artist lecturer at Moravian University, the music director at Heidelberg Union Church in Slatington PA, and with his own private teaching studio.