Marquis Who’s Who Honors Charles H. Pettaway Jr. with Inclusion in Who’s Who in the World

Mr. Pettaway is an accomplished musician and educator with more than 30 years of experience.

DRESHER, PA, January 28, 2021 — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to honor Charles H. Pettaway Jr. with inclusion in Who’s Who in the World. An accomplished listee, Charles H. Pettaway Jr. 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.

Having come of age among a musically inclined family, Mr. Pettaway began playing the piano at six and, at 14, received a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Music Academy. He studied under Clemente C. Patrillo, who became his mentor and taught him many valuable lessons on technique and musicality. Mr. Pettaway went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Music Academy and a Master of Music from Temple University.

Mr. Pettaway has worked as a professor of music at Lincoln University for nearly 10 years. He has also worked at a piano instructor for more than three decades, teaching advanced music theory and music history styles. Having undertaken advanced private study with such notable musicians as Claude Frank, Nadia Boulanger, Gary Graffman, Gaby Casadesus, Gunther Schuller, Philippe Entremont and Natalie Hinderas, Mr. Pettaway has notably earned a place among the Black Musicians in the United States exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Pettaway has performed for radio and television programs and at the Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall and the Academy of Music Philadelphia. Most notably, he was invited to travel around the world to lecture on Joseph Bologna Chevalier de Saint George, a famed 18th century French composer. Mr. Pettaway was also previously appointed to the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Speakers Program and the Debose Artist National Piano Competition at Southern University, and served as the director of music at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church.

For his indelible efforts, Mr. Pettaway has earned countless first prizes at music competitions including the Eastern Region Black Musicians Competition and the International Bartok Piano Competition. Civically, he has found success as the chairperson of visual and performing arts at Lincoln Memorial University and as a commonwealth speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Outside of his professional endeavors, he is most proud to have raised his family, through whom he has one grandchild and is currently expecting a second. Looking toward the future, Mr. Pettaway plans to continue on his current successful path as an educator and musician, and perhaps retire further down the line.

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