Patricia P. Fleitas, D.M.A., Artistic Director and Conductor
Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas brings to the chorale over 30 years of experience as a choral conductor and educator at the university level. She is professor of music and director of choral and vocal studies at Florida Atlantic University where she conducts the University Chamber Singers and the University Latin American choral ensemble, Cantemos! This ensemble is the outcome of Dr. Fleitas’ continuing research in the choral music of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Her ensembles have performed throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States as well as state choral conferences. She was the 2001 recipient of the Florida Atlantic University Faculty Talon Award in recognition of exceptional leadership, commitment, and service to FAU students. She is also a recipient of the 2003-2004 award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the 2011 Lifelong Learning grant for continuing research in Colombia.
Prior to joining the music faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Fleitas was associate coordinator of choral programs at Texas A&M University, College Station. While at Texas A&M, she founded the Texas Collegiate Women’s Choral Festival, an annual event that remains active at the state level. Dr. Fleitas received a Master of Musical Arts and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Performance from the The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of the late Dr. Morris J. Beachy. In addition, she holds bachelor and master degrees in music education. She is an active choral clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor.
Dr. Fleitas has conducted the FAU Symphony Chorus with the Palm Beach Symphony in performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C minor, Puccini’s Gloria from his Messa di Gloria, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and Bruckner’s Te Deum.