Patrick Zubiate is acting Director of University Choirs for Fall 2017, where he conducts the University Choir, University Singers and teaches undergraduate choral conducting.
He recently completed coursework toward the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa. At UIowa, he conducted the Camerata Singers and Kantorei, the university’s premier ensemble. He also served as Director Music for the Congregational Church of Christ of downtown Iowa City, where he conducted performances of choral masterworks by J.S. Bach, Britten, Handel, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Vivaldi. Prof. Zubiate was also the conductor and music director for Old Capital Opera and Iowa City Concert Opera.
An established teacher and conductor, he was the graduate conductor and chorus master of California State University Fullerton Opera Theater, as well teaching assistant of the Vocalizze Youth Choral Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. He has served as Director of Choral Activities at the high school level, where his choirs consistently received superior ratings at festival. His choirs have concertized in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Poland.
Since 2002, he has been the director of music at St. Denis Community in the archdiocese of Los Angeles. For the archdiocese, he also serves as committee member and the director of music for the San Gabriel Valley Region’s Education Congress.
Prof. Zubiate holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Chapman University, Master of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University Fullerton and is a doctoral candidate at The University of Iowa. His teachers include Stephen Coker, Robert Istad and Timothy Stalter. His current research centers on seventeenth-century choral works composed for the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. He is currently pursuing a premiere recording of the works of Francisco López de Capillas, the first Mexican-born and most prolific maestro de cappella of the Cathedral.
A trained singer, he has performed in contemporary, world and classical music genres. As a professional choral musician, he has performed in venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Segerstrom Hall, Dallas Symphony Hall, Denver Center among others. He has sung for Disney Pictures, Warner Bros., FOX studios and has appeared in several television specials produced for PBS. He has sung on recordings for GIA publications, World Library Publications and Oregon Catholic Press. He is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, Chorus America and National Collegiate Choir Organization.