Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)
Director of Choral Activities
DMA, Texas Tech University; MM, University of Kansas; BME, University of Tulsa
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 5 years.
In April 2011, Dr. Petzet was accepted as a Conducting Fellow and Baritone to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival under the direction of Simon Carrington. In August 2011, the American Choral Directors Association Choral Journal will publish his article, “Matthew Harris’s Shakespeare Songs-The Bard’s lyrics meet American Popular Music.” He has also written two compact disc reviews for the Choral Journal. Dr. 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.
This same year, Dr. Petzet was the Interim Musical Director at the St. Lawrence Catholic Student Center, the largest Catholic student population in the United States, where he conducted the Duruflé Requiem and the Mozart Mass in F major. As the Region 3 Representative of the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association, his voice students were accepted to the All-State Choir three years in a row.
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.
Phone: (318) 257-4109
Room: Howard Center, 331