Patricia Silva Weitzel
  • Instrument Double Bass

Dr. Patricia Weitzel has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, teacher and clinician in several countries including Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, the Netherlands and the United States. At Augustana College and St. Ambrose University, Dr. Weitzel oversees the instruction of applied double bass, chamber music, in addition to String Methods classes. She is also a member of the Des Moines and Quad City Symphonies and maintains an active private studio.

In addition to being a performing artist and educator, Dr. Weitzel continually receives recognition for her leadership and advocacy of diversity, excellency, and inclusion in the Arts. As a member of the 2019 Global Leaders Program Cohort and one of the recipients of the Sphinx Organization’s Mpower Artist Grant, she is involved in the development of initiatives that offer opportunities of music education to underserved youth in the state of Iowa.

Dr. Patricia Weitzel is the Membership Chair of the International Society of Bassists, an organization with approximately 3,000 members in over 40 countries whose mission is to encourage excellence in bass performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

I’ve always had the dream of playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and it came true on my first concert as a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. I will cherish that moment for the rest of my life.

How I got started playing my instrument

The most popular girl in high school played bass. At the time I thought this was the secret for popularity, so I dived in! By the way, I am still not popular but I am very happy that I found the bass!

Favorite composer

Dmitri Shostakovich

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

All kinds — good music is universal.