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.

OUR ACCOMPANIST

 

RON PIETRANTONI started out playing classical piano, including studying with Misha Kottler at Wayne State University. In middle school he

discovered rock music and as a freshman in high school was

introduced to his first synthesizer.

For nearly four decades Ron has played keyboards in a variety

of settings: as a choral accompanist (Don Large Singers; Center

Line, Chippewa Valley, and Royal Oak Kimball high school choirs),

in pit orchestras (Birmingham Village Players, Grosse Pointe

Theater, Nicely Theatre, On Our Own Productions and

Stagecrafters, among others), in local club bands (including Cancel

Monday, Charuba, DTour Band, Exit Strategy and the Sun

Messengers), for wedding ceremonies and receptions, at Joe Louis

Arena for the Detroit Red Wings, and even leading an 800-voice

Gospel choir in worship for Detroit’s 300th birthday celebration. He

was recently music director for Bye Bye Birdie at Riverbank Theatre

and Bright Star at Avon Players.

Ron is currently the Music Coordinator at Grace Community

Church in Detroit and accompanist for the Grosse Pointe

Community Chorus, Encore Men’s Chorus, Senior Men’s Club of

Grosse Pointe and Warren Woods-Tower high school. Ron lives in

Detroit with his wife, Carol, their dog Buttercup and cat Tiramisu.