Robert Petillo

Robert Petillo

Called “one of the enduring joys of the local early-music scene” by the Washington Post, tenor Robert Petillo is well known in the DC area as a Baroque specialist, frequently heard with ensembles and choral societies on the East coast, including the Folger Consort.  His concertizing has taken him across the country as well as to Germany, Italy, and England. Graduate studies on the music of Georg Telemann led to his collaborating on editions and performances of his unpublished sacred cantatas, many of them modern premieres. He served 32 years as a first tenor in The U.S. Army Chorus and was a part of many historic events and thousands of performances nationwide. With degrees from Rutgers University (BA) and the University of Maryland (M.Mus., D.M.A.), he retains a lifelong love of learning in multiple disciplines, including art, and the intersection of art and music with mathematics. Since retiring from the Army, he enjoys more opportunities to visit art exhibits and museums, and to accompany his mathematician wife to math conferences.

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