Singing Down Under

Patti Graetz’s career has taken her down — down under, that is. The 1983 Concordia graduate is a performer voice teacher and conductor in Melbourne, Australia.

Graetz had a voice teacher who encouraged her to pursue a singing career. She majored in vocal performance and was in The Concordia Choir. This experience instilled in her a passion and love for music that has translated into a lifelong career.

She worked all over the United States as a performer, teacher and conductor. Graetz sang with numerous opera companies and theatre companies in Minnesota, Texas, New York and Arizona.

In 2004, she met and married an Australian man, and her career shifted to Australia. She has been singing and teaching in and around Melbourne ever since, including the star soprano role for “Opera in the Market.”

Graetz is motivated by the students she teaches.

“I have transitioned into more teaching because I want to have an impact on the singers of tomorrow,” she says. “I am passionate to share my experience and training; to pass on the legacy to the next generation so they can pass it on to generations to come.”