Patricia Fleitas

Patricia Fleitas

Dr. Fleitas is Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Florida Atlantic University. She is in her sixth season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Delray Beach Chorale, recently renamed the Schola Cantorum of Florida. Dr. Fleitas is the founding director and conductor of the Schola Cantorum Chamber Ensemble (2015) and founding Director of Education/Supervisor of the Schola Cantorum Youth Academy (2019). The k –12 after school choral academy ran a successful pilot program at FAU, Boca campus, and the Wellington’s Neil S. Hirsch BGC, funded through the Children’s Council Services GII grant. Two summer camps followed the spring program and in Fall of 2019 the Academy will be formally launched and expanded by adding one more BGC with the long-term objective to develop a satellite youth chorus comprised of students in various BGC in Palm Beach County and FAU youth participants. At FAU Dr. Fleitas conducts the Chamber Singers and ¡Cantemos,!, an ensemble that specializes in the music of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. This ensemble is an expression of Dr. Fleitas’s continuing interest and study of the choral music of these regions.

Patricia Fleitas

Her ensembles have performed throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. Under her direction, the FAU Chamber Singers have performed for the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) State In-service Conference and the Florida American Choral Directors Association Conference. ¡Cantemos! has participated as a featured ensemble at the FMEA State In-Service 2017 conference, and as a demonstration ensemble for a session presented by Dr. Fleitas on the topic of Latin American choral music. At the 2017 conference she also presented a session entitled, “Latin American Choral Music for All!”

Dr. Fleitas was the 2001 recipient of the Florida Atlantic University Faculty Talon Award, in recognition of exceptional leadership, commitment, and service to FAU students. She was also a recipient of the 2003-2004 award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and the 2011 Lifelong Learning grant for continuing her Latin American choral music research in Colombia. Prior to joining the music faculty at FAU, 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 has conducted the FAU Symphony Chorus with the Palm Beach Symphony in performances of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Requiem, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C minor, and Giacomo Puccini’s “Gloria” from Messa di Gloria, Joseph Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum. Since her appointment as Artistic Director/Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Florida, she has conducted numerous choral masterworks; George F. Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, Franz Schubert’s Magnificat, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Christmas Fantasy, Johann S. Bach’s Magnificat, Benjamin Britten’s Cantata Misericordium. John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, and Charles-François Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, amongst many other choral masterworks in her repertoire. She served as chorus master for stage productions with orchestra of the films Amadeus, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy.

Dr. Fleitas received a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Performance/Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of the late Dr. Morris J. Beachy. In addition, she holds a bachelor and a master degree in Music Education. She has held leadership positions in state and regional teams of the American Choral Directors Association, and from 2015-2017 served as president of the Florida Collegiate Music Education Association. She is an active choral clinician, adjudicator, chorusmaster and guest conductor.