Many music professionals write their biographies in third person. Personally, I find that a bit unapproachable. My name is Robby Napoli, a recent graduate of the Music Education program at the Sunderman Conservatory of Gettysburg College, along with a Concentration in Composition. I'm primarily a vocalist, though I've accompanied many choirs as a percussionist and assistant in many contexts.
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 (which I tried out with some friends in middle and high school), until I took a sudden turn in high school towards the world of choral music. My life was changed forever.
In 2014, my senior year of high school, I founded Lux, an award-winning chamber choir based in Hyattsville, Maryland, along with a few high school friends, with which I both conduct and sing. With them, I have had the privilege of collaborating on a multitude of programs, concerts, and commercial recordings to the acclaim of music professionals around the country and in Europe.
Since founding Lux, I have taken every moment I can to engage further with music. I was 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 soon commissioned to write a piece for the Gettysburg College Choir's Spring 2018 Tour. As Lux's recording projects grew, I began training with John Vengrouskie and served as a producer & assistant engineer on their recordings. 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.
In the Fall of 2019, I accepted the position of Choral Director at Chesapeake High School, in Pasadena, Maryland. In addition to leading the choirs and award-winning a cappella group, I also teach piano and guitar classes. Though performances and rehearsals have been limited in our first two years due to the pandemic, I've had the distinct privilege of teaching and learning alongside some wonderful young musicians, from beginners to college-ready performers.
At Chesapeake, I've had the distinct pleasure of working with our award-winning a cappella group, Evolve. This experience opened up a whole new world of vocal ensemble music-making to me in the form of competitive a cappella. I began arranging in new and more challenging styles, and in the Spring of 2021, Evolve advanced to the virtual ICHSA Semifinals, making them one of the top 11 groups in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
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