Positions of Musical Engagement
Many music professionals write their bios in third person. Personally, I find that cold and unapproachable. My name is Robby Napoli, a senior Music Education major at the Sunderman Conservatory of Gettysburg College, with a Concentration in Composition. I'm primarily a vocalist, though I've accompanied many choirs as a percussionist and assistant with Dr. Brent Talbot.
I've been a church musician for as long as I can remember — directing & singing in church choirs, playing percussion with contemporary church groups, etc. In high school, I began working for pay as a church musician at St. Jerome's Church in Hyattsville, MD, and at Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA, as well as a few churches in Washington, D.C. here or there. Although I did plenty of singing, I spent most of my childhood wanting to be a drummer in a rock band, until I took a sudden turn in high school towards the world of choral music. My life was changed forever.
In 2014, I founded Lux, a semi-professional chamber choir based in Hyattsville, with which I both conduct and sing. With them, I have had the privilege of leading a multitude of programs and concerts to the acclaim of music professionals around the country, and releasing two albums.
Since founding Lux in 2014, I have taken every moment I can to engage further with music. I am the music director of Gettysburg College's all-male a cappella group, Drop the Octave. At the Sunderman Conservatory, I began studying composition with Dr. Avner Dorman, and was commissioned to write a piece for the Gettysburg College Choir's Spring 2018 Tour. I have interned with multiple choral programs, have lead chamber ensembles, and have been published in The Cupola, a collection of scholarly and creative works produced by faculty, students, and other members of the Gettysburg College community.