Patrick Pan, 13 years of age, graduated from Westbrook Intermediate School in May 2010. He is pursuing his interests in science, music, math, and computer science as a homeschooled student. Patrick plans to attend Clear Lake High School in fall of 2011. He started playing the piano at the age of three and violin at seven. Currently he studies piano under John Weems and violin under Henry Rubin.
Patrick won the piano competitions of Houston Forum Young Artist (yearly since 2006), Houston Young Artists Concert (2009-2010 and 2011-2012 seasons), Impulse Young Artist (2010), TMTA State Piano Competition (2010), etc. He also has won the Fort Bend Symphony Piano Concerto Competition (2011) and Clear Lake Symphony Piano Concerto Competition (2011). Patrick has performed piano at the Carnegie Hall (2011).
Patrick has been part of Houston Youth Symphony for three years and has been concertmaster. Patrick also won the violin concerto competitions of the Clear Lake Symphony (2010), Houston Civic Symphony (2011), and Houston Youth Symphony (2011). He has been a violinist of the Texas Region 17 Orchestra yearly from 2007 to 2011 and in the top level of the TMEA All-State Orchestra (2011).
Besides music, Patrick’s favorite subjects are science, math and computer science. He already has finished many AP courses such as Calculus at high school. He won first place in the Environmental Science category and the Grand Prize of the Junior Division of the Houston Regional Science Fair. Last year Texas Governor Rick Perry presented to Patrick the 2010 State MATHCOUNTS Championship. Patrick also represented the United States at the 2010 World Mathematics Team Championship.
As the captain of the Academic Challenge Team, Patrick led his school team to many victories. He also won the Save Texas History Essay Contest sponsored by the State of Texas. Patrick is the founder of his school’s computer club and writes computer programs. He rebuilds his computers continually and helps others with computer issues.
Patrick participates in the Board of Directors of the Houston Medical Museum and studies genetics with the support of the Baylor College of Medicine. Duke University’s Talent Identification Program has published two articles on Patrick’s academic pursuits.
Patrick enjoys playing tennis, chess (state prize), writing applications for his phone, and spending time with his friends. He applies his musical skills at churches and community institutes and brings music to many music lovers at nursing homes. Patrick will continue to pursue piano and violin playing as his lifelong enrichment.