DC’s first lady of oratorio is no more

Amy Antonelli, president of the Oratorio Society of Washington for 18 years and accompanist to many visiting and resident maestros, has died of liver cancer, aged 72.

She won a Grammy for the Oratorio Society’s 1995 performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by Robert Shafer. Amy was also assistant dean for undergraduate studies at the Catholic University.

Leonard Slatkin writes: ‘The role of pianist for a chorus is somewhat thankless.  Amy brought great musicianship, grace and humor to everything she touched.’

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