John Patrick was born and raised in Blauvelt and attended Albertus Magnus High School, taught by many Sparkill Dominican Sisters. As a soloist and member of Nyack’s St. Ann’s Choir for over 30 years, JP has long been a fixture in the Nyack community. Professional and artistic since his teenage years, JP, while attending Fordham University was activeon and off-stage at Nyack’s Elwood Playhouse. More recently, while still achieving the award level of the Leading Edge Society, JP has been seen starring in numerous performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre and its current incarnation “Riverspace”. He has been the on-air TV host for Nyack’s acclaimed Halloween Parade for a number of years, providing interesting and quirky Nyack trivia along with his commentary.
From his years in the New York theatre world JP brings a dramatic flair to every sale, listing, and rental at “Better Homes and Gardens” Rand Reality. JP has had great success marketing and selling some of our local historic treasures including several homes on the national Register of Historic Places. He has been ppointed the official Historian of the Village of Nyack and lectures and publishes articles on local history.
John Patrick came into the world of One to One Learning through a friend, Gino Silvestri, a fellow realtor at Sotheby’s. Gino, computer teacher and board member, shared his enthusiasm about One to One Learning with JP and thus began the benefit concert STAR-FEST, now in its 7th year on September 18, 2016. JP, as host, has gathered together local Nyack residents who are stars and who perform on Broadway and in New York City; to name a few, Jan Lynch, Tommy Dunn (JP’s brother), Sue Matsuki, Robert Mattern, Brian Walters, Rita Harvey, Suzanne Ducharme, Andrea Rivette, and Danny Zolli. We are very grateful to JP and these stars for donating their time and talent. Attendees go away with songs in their hearts after partaking in delicious foods donated by local Rockland restaurants. As a cabaret performer, JP tells stories through songs, some are funny, some satirical. They speak of the plight of immigrants, newcomers to lands throughout the years, looked down upon and not welcomed. JP reminds us of our heritage as children and grandchildren of immigrants. Suzanne Ducharme and JP have done dialogues of incidences in the lives of Irish immigrants. A song tells of a cease fire during the war in Germany as soldiers on either side sang “Silent Night” in his own language. Many of the performers use songs of faith and inspiration. There is a saying, “Give them bread but give roses too”. The dedication of artists to the work for justice is far reaching into the hearts and minds of people.
One to One Learning proudly honors John Patrick Schutz with the 2016 Advocate Award for enriching the spirit through song and entertainment and advocating for the powerless through lyrics of freedom and peace.