I had a wonderful time chatting with Patricia Weitzel for the podcast! Patricia is a dynamic and engaging performer and teacher, and we had a great conversation covering:
- how a missed opportunity can lead to a better one
- Patricia’s journey from Brazil to the United States
- being direct with students
…and much more!
More About Patricia:
Patricia Weitzel holds a bachelor degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, where she studied with Dr. Fausto Borem, a Master of Music Performance Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where her primary teacher was Dr. Marcos Machado, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The University of Iowa, where she studied with Professor Volkan Orhon.
As a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Aldeburgh World Orchestra and Aldeburgh Strings, Dr. Weitzel has played in several venues including the Carnegie Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Royal Albert Hall.
Dr. Weitzel has received many awards throughout her career such as the first place in the Paulo Bosisio Strings Competition, Furnas Geracao Musical, William T. Gower Competition (first bassist to ever win this competition). She was also a semifinalist in the X Sphinx Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, the Universidade de Brasilia, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Iowa orchestras as well as the Bahia Symphony.
A dedicated pedagogue committed to building classical music audience, Patricia Weitzel was responsible for the University of Southern Mississippi orchestra’s outreach program introducing classical music to schools, nursing homes and similar facilities while working on her degree in that institution. She was also a cello and double bass instructor at the Hattiesburg Public Schools.
Dr. Weitzel is currently on faculty at Augustana College and St. Ambrose University. She frequently performs as lecturer and recitalist in the USA and Brazil besides being a member of the Des Moines and the Quad City Symphonies. She also teaches K-12 students through the Quad City Symphony Private Lesson Program and in her private studio.
Weitzel performs on a 2015 Nick Lloyd double bass generously supported in part by the Sphinx Mpower Artist grant.
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