A native of Denver, Colorado, Patricia grew up in Carlisle, PA, where she began her music education studying voice and piano, and composing at an early age. By the age of 6, she began performing and singing in musicals and theatrical productions. In 1974 she enrolled at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where she studied opera and continued piano studies and composing, and met Orlando. Fluent in Portuguese, Patricia has journeyed to Brazil regularly for the past 30 years. She is a versatile and fluent pianist, a singer with a 4-octave range, and a prolific songwriter whose compositions are marked by a lyrical and sensuous style. Patricia holds a Master's Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Philadelphia's University of the Arts and a degree in classical voice from UNCSA. She has taught music in The Philadelphia School District, and privately, as well as vocal coaching at The University of the Arts. Along with Orlando, Patricia has conducted clinics at The University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, University of Maryland, Franklin and Marshall College, Temple University, Dickinson College, Swarthmore College, and The University of the Arts, to name a few.
In addition to writing and recording for Minas, Patricia has written a book and an opera titled “La Giara”, comprised of 25 pieces inspired by the story of her Sicilian family’s immigration to America.