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. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor at Penn State, Dr. Weitzel served as the Lecturer of Double Bass at Columbus State University. She has been on faculty positions at Augustana College, Central College, Grinnell College, St. Ambrose University, and Drake University. She is a member of the Columbus Symphony and a former member of the Des Moines and Quad City Symphonies.
Dr. Weitzel has collaborated and worked with renowned artists such as the Daedalus Quartet, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, bassist Volkan Orhon, and pop singer Lizzo. She spends her Summers performing worldwide, teaching at the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Juilliard School, participating in the Wintergreen Music Festival and teaching at the Schwob Summer Music Festival.
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 was involved in the development of initiatives that offer opportunities of music education to underserved youth.
Dr. Patricia Weitzel is the former Membership Chair and current Marketing Chair of the International Society of Bassists, an organization with approximately 3000 members in over 40 countries whose mission is to encourage excellence in bass performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie.
Weitzel performs on a 2015 Nick Lloyd double bass generously supported in part by the Sphinx Mpower Artist grant.