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 Catalin Rotaru, Ed Barker and Matthew McDonald.
As a member of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, The YOA Orchestra of the Americas, The Aldeburgh World Orchestra and The 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 a semifinalist in the X Sphinx Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Orchestra, the Universidade of Brasilia Orchestra, the Bahia Symphony, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra.
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 Drake 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.