Personal Summary / Bio
Christopher A. Petre - a south Georgia native - maintains a diverse artistic background, including flute and voice performance, historical musicology, choral conducting, and arts administration. He is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Arts Administration at Boston University. At BU, he studies voice with Historical Performance faculty member Aaron Sheehan. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Troy University, where he studied voice with soprano and ethnomusicologist Dr. Margaret Jackson and flute with Carol Franks. Mr. Petre has performed in masterclasses for flutists Sarah Carter, Dr. Heather Small, Dr. Mary Fukushima, and Susan Milan and participated in vocal coachings with Gerald van Wyck, Maria Zifchak, and Michael Schütze.
While at Troy University, Christopher Petre was active in almost every facet of the John M. Long School of Music. As a flutist, Mr. Petre performed with the Symphony Band (Assistant Principal), Chamber Winds (Assistant Principal and Piccolo), Opera Orchestra (Principal), and Flute Ensemble (Flute, Bass Flute, Conductor). As a vocalist, he performed with the Opera Ensemble (Solo Countertenor), Concert Chorale (Tenor and Alto), and Collegiate Singers (Tenor and Baritone). In addition to performing with these ensembles, Mr. Petre was an active leader within the Long School of Music. He served as Public Relations Coordinator and Tenor Section Leader for the Choral Leadership Council and Piccolo Section Leader for the “Sound of the South” marching band. In his final year at Troy, Mr. Petre also founded - and served a year as President of - the Troy University chapter of the Student National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS). He was the three-time recipient of band and choral department scholarships and the David Mallach Music Scholarship, in addition to being selected as a member of Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
While completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Petre was simultaneously employed as the Office Assistant/Website Manager for the John M. Long School of Music and as the Music and Choir Director at Ramer United Methodist Church, where he coordinated, rehearsed, and conducted a combined adult choir, a men’s ensemble, and a ladies’ ensemble.
In Boston, Mr. Petre currently serves in three positions: Marketing & Public Relations Associate for the Boston Flute Academy, Graduate Assistant for Boston University’s Metropolitan College Development and Alumni Relations department, and Marketing Intern for Blue Heron. His professional memberships include the National Flute Association, Early Music America, and the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE).
Aside from his musical and administrative endeavors, Mr. Petre enjoys exploring his new home city of Boston, being outdoors experiencing New England’s different seasons (a luxury not afforded to him while living in the South), and spending quality time with his petite and energetic black cat, Jolie.