OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR
JOSEPH PALAZZOLO has been the music director of the Grosse Pointe Community Chorus since 2009.
Joseph began his lifelong commitment to music with piano studies in first grade. He continued through college, winning awards in competition and superior ratings from the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs (MFMC). At Oakland University, where he earned a BA in Piano Performance, Palazzolo studied under Brazilian pianist Flavio Varani and took classes in organ, voice, and conducting.
In addition to his work with the Grosse Pointe Community Chorus, Joseph has been Music Director for the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church since 2002. He teaches piano there as well as in his home studio in Ferndale. His students consistently earn high ratings and awards. Previously, he was Music Director of the Troy Community Chorus from 1992 to 1998.
Joseph has extensive experience in liturgical music as well as musical theatre, both onstage and in the pit. He was pianist for the 1993 productions of the shows Forbidden Broadway and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit. Joseph has appeared as soloist with local symphony orchestras and he continues to concertize throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. He is also a composer and arranger and a member of the MFMC and the American Guild of Music.
RON PIETRANTONI started out playing classical piano, including studying with then-principal Detroit Symphony Orchestra pianist Mischa Kottler at Wayne State University. In junior high, Ron discovered rock music and as a freshman in high school he was introduced to his first synthesizer.
For over three decades, Ron has played keyboards in a variety of settings:
as a choral accompanist with the Don Large Singers, and the Center Line, Chippewa Valley, Grosse Pointe South, Royal Oak Kimball and Warren Woods-Tower high schools
in pit orchestras
in local club bands including Charuba and The Sun Messengers
for wedding ceremonies and receptions
at Joe Jouis Arena for the Detroit Red Wings and
leading an 800-voice Gospel choir in worship for Detroit's 300th birthday celebration.
He has played bass for Starlight Theater, Warren Civic Theater, and Macomb County Community Chorus, and he has done drumming at Grace Community Church.
Ron has worked for a number of local schools as an arranger and synthesizer programmer and is currently the Instrumental Music Coordinator at Grace Community Church in Detroit. Ron lives in Detroit with Carol, his wife of over 30 years, and a menagerie of improbably named dogs.