Patti Graetz named to new role at ProMusica Arizona

Patti Graetz, vocalist and conductor in the Valley, is the new artistic director/principal conductor of ProMusica Arizona, a community chorale and orchestra based in north Phoenix.

Jan Sandoz, PMAZ board president, made the announcement in a Thursday, April 4 press release.

Newly appointed ProMusica Arizona Artistic Director/Principal Conductor Patti Graetz (Photo courtesy of Azy Scotten Photography)

“We are thrilled to have Patti move into the role of Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of PMAZ,” Ms. Sandoz said in a prepared statement.

“She has served as Interim Conductor for the past season, and her expertise, energy and creativity, in addition to great conducting skills, are exceptional. Under her leadership this year, PMAZ concerts drew accolades from all audiences.”

With a music career spanning more than 30 years, Ms. Graetz has been with ProMusica Arizona since 2015, first as assistant conductor and conductor of the Women in Song vocal ensemble.

She is an award-winning soprano having sung leading roles with major opera companies including Houston Grand Opera and Arizona Opera, according to a release.

A Valley resident since 1989, Ms. Graetz was head of vocal departments at the Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics in 2003 and at the Arizona School for the Arts from 1998-2002. She was Director of Music at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Phoenix from 1995-2004.

Before that, she was Director of Music at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where she was a soloist in the world-renowned Concordia Choir under the direction of Paul J. Christiansen, a release states.

Ms. Graetz lived in Australia from 2004-12 where she was a featured soloist with Australian Music Events, sang numerous recitals and concerts, was a vocal teacher for the Opera Scholars Australia young-artist program, and was conductor of the Murray Conservatorium Choir and the Murray Conservatorium Youth Choir.

She was principal soprano for professional ensembles “Opera-tunity” and the Royal Renaissance Singers starting in 1990 and sang in hundreds of performances during her 12-year tenure. Upon her return to the US, she began singing again with the Royal Renaissance Singers during the holiday season.

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