Soprano Amy Petrongelli revels in performing music of all different periods and styles. Lauded in the New York Times for her “admirable fluidity,” Amy has cultivated a diverse solo performance career, encompassing music from Haydn’s Creation in Carnegie Hall to Berio’s Sequenza III at the Radio Nacional Córdoba in Argentina. In 2020, Amy was honored with an Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan for her significant contributions to the field of music performance.
Amy’s commitment to musical collaboration has led her to fellowships at summer programs such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, New Music on the Point, and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. She has also been a featured performer for organizations such as Five Boroughs Music Festival, the Casement Fund Recital Series, the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Past operatic performances include include Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Amy in Little Women, Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Amy has had the honor of working closely with artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly, Alan Smith, and Timothy Cheek.
An advocate for new music, Amy frequently works with living composers bringing to life new works for the voice. She has premiered new works for organizations such as the Houston Grand Opera, New American Voices, and AEPEX Contemporary Performance. Recent collaborations and premieres include works by Laura Kaminsky, Christopher Cerrone, Juliana Hall, Shawn Crouch, Evan Ware, and Carolina Heredia. Amy has also had the opportunity to performed with members of leading contemporary ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird, the Metropolis Ensemble, Latitude 49, and Bent Frequency. In partnership with pianist Clare Longendyke, Amy helped to establish the Music in Bloom Festival in 2018. Music in Bloom is an annual 3-day chamber music festival focused on promoting the music and musicians of the 21st century.
Amy is also a founding member and co-artistic director of the Khemia Ensemble, a chamber ensemble focused on championing contemporary music through multimedia performances. Now in its 6th season, Khemia has led artist residencies across both North and South America and has been featured on festivals such as Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Gathering, Moxsonix Festival, Latin IS America, and the Bienal Composición Córdoba. Khemia Ensemble holds a residence each summer alongside Grammy-award winning ensemble Alarm Will Sound as part of the Mizzou International Composers Festival.
A passionate educator, Amy has taught at Eastern Michigan University, University of Akron, and Pennsylvania State University. She has been an artist in residence for the International Choral Conducting Symposium and has served on the voice faculty for the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. Amy recently took over the directorship of the Collaborative Piano Institute Vocal Academy, which takes place each summer at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Amy is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at Baylor University in Waco, TX, where she can be found running, reading, and searching for the next great microbrew with her audio-engineer husband and their rescue pup, Luna.