Patricia Weitzel takes up the role as assistant teaching professor for the new academic year


Patricia Weitzel

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Double bassist Dr. Patricia Weitzel has been appointed assistant teaching professor at Penn State College of Arts and Architecture. She was previously lecturer of double bass at Columbus State University and has served on the faculties of Augustana College, Central College, Grinnell College, St. Ambrose University, and Drake University.

’What an amazing two years I had at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University,’ said Weitzel on social media. ’Saying “thank you” is not enough for me to express how grateful I am for all the support and love I received from my wonderful colleagues and students.

‘Come study with me!’ she concluded. 

Weitzel is a member of the Columbus Symphony and a former member of the Des Moines and Quad City Symphonies. She has collaborated with a range of artists, including the Daedalus Quartet,  pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, bassist Volkan Orhon, and pop singer Lizzo. The summer season sees her 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, Weitzel continually receives recognition for her leadership and advocacy of diversity, excellency, and inclusion in the arts. As a member of the 2019 cohort for the Global Leaders Programme 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. She is the former membership chair and current marketing chair of the International Society of Bassists.

Weitzel performs on a 2015 Nick Lloyd double bass supported in part by the Sphinx Mpower Artist grant.