Robert Petillo


Robert Petillo is one of the Washington area's most popular tenors, performing as a soloist frequently with its numerous regional choral organizations. As a first tenor in The United States Army Chorus, Master Sergeant Petillo leads and administrates the first tenor section and averages seventy performances a year for the White House, military and diplomatic officials, and large public audiences. While his military schedule keeps him in town most of the time, he periodically receives requests to sing out of state, and has performed solos in Europe with the Washington Bach Consort, The University of Maryland Chorus, and the Alexandria Choral Society. His portrayals of the Evangelist in the Bach Passions are particularly well known and have garnered lavish praise from critics.

Robert Petillo studied music at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland, where he completed a D.M.A. in 1994. His voice teacher was tenor James McDonald, now at Indiana University. For press reviews and more information on Dr. Petillo's past and future performances, visit his website at