Location: Virginia, USA
Laura M. Petravage is a choral conductor and mezzo-soprano in the Washington, DC, and Harrisburg, PA, metro areas. Ms. Petravage is the Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble du Pain Musical, a vocal chamber ensemble. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University, teaching general music appreciation, vocal music, stagecraft, and beginning keyboard skills. She was a faculty member at the Potomac Arts Academy, teaching youth vocal music classes, introductory music theory, and youth music theater. Ms. Petravage was previously the Artistic Director of the Capitol Hill Youth Chorus, working with both their choral and music theater programs, and she was Musician-in-Residence at American University from 2010 to 2013. She has appeared as a soloist in the Rochester, New York, and Washington metro areas, and she was a staff chorister at Christ Church Georgetown (Washington, DC).
Recently, Ms. Petravage was a finalist for the 2014 Marcella Kochańska Sembrich Vocal Competition, an event sponsored by the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) and she will perform for the Polish American Congress (PAC) in November 2014. In January 2014, Ms. Petravage was chosen to sing in a masterclass for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) winter conference in New York City, working with Tammy Hensrud on the music of Kurt Weill. She was a winner of the 2013 George Mason University Concerto Competition, performing selections from Gustav Mahler’s Rückertlieder with the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra. In March 2013, Ms. Petravage served as Assistant Conductor for a program sponsored by the l’Association des Amis de Francis Poulenc, at a concert given in Paris, France. Ms. Petravage is currently pursuing her doctorate in choral conducting at George Mason University, studying conducting with Dr. Stanley Engebretson and voice with Dr. Kathryn Hearden. Her studies focus on the re-establishment of the French aesthetic at the beginning of the twentieth century and the choral music of Francis Poulenc. Ms. Petravage received her Masters of Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied conducting with Dr. William Weinert and Brad Lubman, and voice with Dr. Constance Haas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance with a Minor in French language studies from American University.
Ms. Petravage is also the 2013 Grand Champion Baker at the Arlington County Fair.