Patricia Silva Weitzel


Double Bass

Patricia Weitzel has performed chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil. She 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. Other teachers include Antonio Arzolla, Catalin Rotaru, Ed Barker, and Matthew McDonald.

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 also 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 and Drake University.

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.

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.

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