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Charles Pettaway Jr. Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Mr. Pettaway has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of music and higher education

Charles Pettaway Jr. is a talented musician who has been teaching as a full professor of music in the department of visual and performing arts at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania since 2012. S

    LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA, June 11, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Charles Pettaway Jr. with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Pettaway celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Mr. Pettaway is a talented musician who has been teaching as a full professor of music in the department of visual and performing arts at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania since 2012. Serving as the chair of the department from 2011 to 2018, he worked as an associate professor of piano at Lincoln University prior to becoming a full professor. Additionally, Mr. Pettaway has taught advanced music theory and music history styles, among various other courses, throughout his tenure.

A concert pianist, Mr. Pettaway has performed throughout the United States at such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Symphony Hall in Chicago, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, among many other locations. Internationally, he has toured Switzerland, Russia, France and Israel, notably making his European orchestral debut with Capital Orchestre of Toulouse in France. Mr. Pettaway has also had his performances broadcasted on radio and television.

Mr. Pettaway worked as a teacher of master classes for many years and a faculty member of the Philadelphia Settlement Music School. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Speakers Program from 2004 to 2006 and served as Artist in Residence at the Debose National Piano Competition at Southern University (Baton Rouge,Louisiana) in 2005 and again in 2016. Mr. Pettaway has also traveled immensely throughout his academic career, lecturing on Joseph Bologna Chevalier de Saint George, a Black classical composer, virtuoso violinist and conductor of a leading symphony orchestra in Paris. He was born in Guadeloupe on Christmas Day 1745.

Involved in his local community, Mr. Pettaway contributed as a commonwealth speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council from 2010 to 2012 and again from 2014 and 2016. He presently serves as the director of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Choirs at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, holding the position of the director of music at this church since 2004. Mr. Pettaway serves as a music consultant at Sayers United Methodist Church and Janes United Methodist Church.

In light of his pianistic skills, Mr. Pettaway was awarded First Place for Piano Performance at the Bartok, Kabalevsky International Piano Competition and also was named First Place winner at the Robert Casedesus International Piano Competition. He has received numerous district, state and regional piano competition awards, as well as the Douglas Humes and Victor Marianne Music Award. Mr. Pettaway further obtained several fellowships, including a Walter Damorsch Memorial Music Fellowship, Baranke Fellowship and Edward Gerrugus Fellowship.

Likewise, Mr. Pettaway was selected for inclusion in the 58th edition of Who's Who in America and the seventh edition of Who's Who in American Education. He was additionally honored in International Who's Who in Music, Who's Who Among Black Americans and the Great American Keyboard Artists. Mr. Pettaway's picture and biography have also been on permanent display as part of the Black Musicians in the United States at the Dusable Museum in Chicago.

First studying piano at the age of six, Mr. Pettaway took to music because he could not play sports due to asthma. By the age of 14, he had begun studying at the Philadelphia Music Academy on a full scholarship, studying with his mentor, Clement C. Petrillo, who helped him establish both technique and musicality. He continued his studies at the Ravel Academy, the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival and the American Conservatory at Fontainbleau, France. Privately studying piano performance and theory with Nadia Boulanger, Claude Frank, Gaby Casadesus, Gunther Schuller and Phillipe Entremont, Mr. Pettaway obtained a Bachelor of Music, cum laude, from the Philadelphia Musical Academy in 1971 and a Master of Music, cum laude, from Temple University in 1976. He studied piano under the tutelage of Natalie Hinderas while matriculating at Temple.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Charles Pettaway Jr. has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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