- John C. Schmidt
(b Rome, Italy, Jan 7, 1847; d Boston, Nov 26, 1904). Italian conductor, singing teacher, and composer, active in the USA. As a choirboy he sang regularly at the Julian Chapel of St. Peter’s, Rome. After his voice change, Rotoli studied with Ludovico Lucchesi, earned a diploma at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and became a leading teacher, conductor, composer, and organist. He founded and conducted the Società corale de’ concerti sagri, became voice teacher for Princess Margherita in 1876, and in 1878 was appointed conductor of the Cappella Reale del Sudario. He led two concerts of Italian church music in London (1876) and conducted a concert at Liszt’s villa, with the composer performing his E-flat concerto. In 1885 Rotoli became head of the vocal area at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, after an invitation from founder Eben Tourjée in 1883. Rotoli also served as choir director at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Boston (...