Louis Lawrence Perazza is an accomplished and experienced musician who is known throughout the Northeast as a church organist, conductor, and recitalist.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Perazza received the bulk of his training in that city, and by the age of twelve was already a skilled organist. He attended the New School of Music, The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, and graduated from Temple University’s College of Music with a Bachelor Of Music Degree in Organ Performance, with additional studies in flute and conducting. His graduate degree, also in Organ Performance, was earned at the world renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he was twice awarded the James Winship Lewis Endowed Memorial Prize.
Mr. Perazza has served as Organist/Director of Music at several churches, including St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Danbury (CT), St. George’s Episcopal Church, Ardmore (PA), St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Yardley (PA), and Principal Organist and Associate Director of Music of the Boston Archdiocesan Boy Choir School at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge (MA). While in the Philadelphia area, he became known for several premieres, bringing to audiences the first area performances of such works as the Requiem by Camille Saint Saëns, The Short Passion by Daniel Pinkham, The Nine Lessons of Christmas by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John La Montaine, and the haunting “Mess Di Requiem” of Ildebrando Pizetti.
As Music Director of St. Peter’s Church in Danbury, Mr. Perazza founded the St. Peter Chamber Society, a forty member professional chamber orchestra which performed with the St. Peter’s Professional Choir. Productions include the complete Beethoven symphonies (including No. 9 with choir), Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for orchestra, soloists and chorus, and an annual, fully staged performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” every Christmas.
In the summer of 1994, Louis traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia at the invitation of the Russian government to study conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. There he conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in the Hermitage Museum with the famous Hermitage Orchestra.
As organist, Mr. Perazza has presented recitals at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Truro Cathedral in England, St. Thomas Church in New York City, the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, the Princeton University Chapel, The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Washington National Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, The Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church in Williamsburg, St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey, and St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. He has served as Artist in Residence at St. Peter’s Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and has accompanied Julius Baker, former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic, in concert. Upcoming recital dates include Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark (NJ), The Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York.
Mr. Perazza has served as Librarian of the Philadelphia Orchestra (for both Eugene Ormandy and Ricardo Muti), Music Director & Conductor of the Delaware County Choral Society, and Artistic Director of the Bucks County Motet Singers. He is currently employed at Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Wilmington, DE.