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August 31, 2010

Memorial service to be held Sunday for Baltimore voice teacher Frederick Petrich

The legacy of Baltimore-born and -based voice teacher Frederick Petrich, who died on July 14 at the age of 84, will be honored on Sunday with a memorial service.

In an email, one of his former students, Lisa Jarosinski, writes: "Mr. Petrich requested that his students sing the Faure 'Requiem' and the 'Inflammatus' from Rossini's 'Stabat Mater.' Both of those works, as well as two lovely organ pieces, will be performed at the service."

Mr. Petrich, the son of German immigrants, was a student and later teacher at the Peabody Institute. He also studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and, in Germany, with the notable tenor Franz Volker. Many singers active in the Baltimore area, including members of the chorus of the former Baltimore Opera Company, were among his students over the years.

Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, who also studied with Mr. Petrich, wrote recently about how the popular teacher "had

an almost mystical way of helping people of all talent levels visualize their vocalizations, a way of conveying the physical concepts of singing so that the entire body, and not just the throat, was involved in making music."

The memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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