Guest Director

Patrick Romano has performed around the world, as both choral conductor and tenor soloist. In recent seasons, he has led choral performances at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, FL, the Henry Crown Symphony Hall in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Grand Theater in Shanghai, China. Mr. Romano is choral director at The Perlman Music Program and the Riverdale Country School in New York. He also directs ensembles at Sarah Lawrence University and The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division. In addition to his regular teaching, Mr. Romano has led workshops for high school choruses from the US, Canada, China, Israel and for the “Musica para la Equidad” program in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Prior to his conducting career, he was tenor soloist in the internationally renowned early music ensemble, The Waverly Consort. While with the group, he performed in concert series at Alice Tully Hall, The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, toured extensively throughout North and South America, and made several appearances on PBS’s Shakespeare’s presentations as musical entertainment. He won first place in the Geneva International Music Competition with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble. He was also tenor soloist with the Rifkin Bach Ensemble, The American Bach Soloist’s, The Amor Artis Orchestra and Choir, The Dessoff Choirs, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the Paul Hill Chorale in Washington D.C., and was twice soloist with the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Romano can be heard on recordings of Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Amor Artis Orchestra, Bach’s “B Minor Mass” with The American Bach Soloists, Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and in an arrangement of Schubert’s “Der Erlkönig” and “An Den Mond” with the Bryant Park Quartet.

Mr. Romano received his B.M. and M.M. in voice and conducting at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. In 2001, Mr. Romano was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Music at West Chester University. In his spare time, he loves bicycling, hiking, and crossword puzzles.


The East Hampton Star Promise Fulfilled in Perlman Protégés, By Thomas Bohlert, July 26, 2007

“Patrick Romano, a faculty member of the program and conductor of the chorus, has a vigorous, dynamic conducting style, which elicited clear, crisp, well-blended singing. At times he stepped away from the podium, making strong, sharp gestures, or signaled a hush with fingers to his mouth, or put a hand on his cheeks to remind them how to shape a vowel. And it worked…”