Royce Napolitino: "The fleeting art form of live performance is a passion of mine'

Public Works employee to sing national anthem
By Brian Soergel | Apr 12, 2019
Royce Napolitino

Your first impression that someone from the Public Works department has been selected to sing the national anthem for one of the city’s biggest spectacles might be one of … well, huh?

The more you know about Royce Napolitino, however, you more you realize he’s the perfect choice to kick off the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s fireworks show July 4, which puts the bang in the city’s annual An Edmonds Kind of 4th celebration.

Napolitino, who began working for the City of Edmonds in 2014, moved to the area in 1999 after graduating with a vocal performance of degree from the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho.

Let that sink in.

“I have always found tremendous joy in singing and acting and have done so since a very young age,” said Napolitino, 46, executive assistant to Public Works Director Phil Williams. “The fleeting art form of live performance is a passion of mine, and I have pursued it throughout my adult life.”

Indeed.

He met his wife working in musical theater on Bainbridge Island in 2004, and they cemented their bonds in an Edmonds Kind of Way, marrying four years later onboard the Hyak ferry on a run between Edmonds and Kingston.

“We both continue to perform with a number of groups, serving on boards and supporting the arts as patrons,” Napolitino said. “Our young daughter is a chip off the old block, as well, not to mention patriotic. Her favorite song is currently ‘You're a Grand Old Flag.’”

Napolitino is a founding member and serves as president of the board for a nonprofit chamber chorus named reSound, a Northwest Chamber Ensemble. The group is preparing a production in May of "Annelies" by James Whitbourn. There will three performances, including May 17 at Lynnwood's Trinity Lutheran Church.

Napolitino is a baritone, but has sung numerous tenor roles in musicals and other ensembles, including with Edmonds’ Driftwood Players. His musical tastes vary, but he said crooners of old like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby are his favorites.

He is no newbie with “The Star-Spangled Banner."

“I’ve sung it a number of times, both solo and with groups of various sizes, but my favorite solo-singing memory was singing for my college graduation with orchestral accompaniment in the presence of several thousand people.”

Napolitino may just get a new favorite national anthem memory on Independence Day.

“I am thrilled,” he said, “to have an opportunity to sing it for a hometown crowd.”

 

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