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About John Petzet

Dr. John Martin Petzet is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Louisiana Tech University. He has taught at Louisiana State University, Panola College, the University of Texas at Tyler and Lincoln University. Dr. Petzet received his Masters and Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas (Magna Cum Laude) and Texas Tech University (Summa Cum Laude) respectively. He has studied with Dr. John Paul Johnson and Dr. John H. Dickson and is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he taught middle school and high school for five years.

The American Choral Directors Association’s Choral Journal published his article, “Matthew Harris’s Shakespeare Songs-The Bard’s lyrics meet American Popular Music” in August 2011. Petzet has also written two compact disc reviews for the Choral Journal and presented interest sessions in Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and North Dakota. He is the College/University Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Louisiana ACDA Chapter.

Petzet sang, toured, and recorded with the Kansas City Chorale under the direction of Charles Bruffy during the 2003-2004 season. While performing with the Chorale, he sang on the Chandos Recording of Alexandre Grechaninov’s Passion Week, which won a Grammy for Best Classical Album. He has conducted multiple choral/orchestral works, including Bach’s Cantata 37, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pachelbel’s Magnificat in C, Schubert’s Masses in C and G, and the Mozart Te Deum. His baritone solo appearances include Handel’s Messiah, DuBois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Howells’ Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, and Judas in J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.


Present Assistant Professor of Music, Louisiana Tech University Department of Music


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Office: HCPA 331
Phone: 318.257.4109

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