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Louis Perazza, OrganistRésumé

Louis Lawrence Perazza

Objective: To secure a position in a Christian Community where I may share my gifts as church musician, organist, choral conductor, and educator, to serve God’s Faithful, and to glorify the Almighty God. I enjoy working with both adult and children’s choirs, using the Royal School of Church Music’s Voices for Life program.

POSITIONS HELD 

Saint Anthony of Padua, Roman Catholic Church, Wilmington, DE (2014 – Present)
Organist and Master of Choirs

Christ Church Ithan, Villanova, PA (2010 – 2014)
Choir Director and Organist

  • Under my direction the choir has grown to include professional section leaders
  • Four choral scholars were added to the program
  • Founder and Director, “May Is Music” Annual Celebration of Classical Music

The Church of St. Paul, Cambridge, MA (2008 – 2009)
Boston Archdiocesan Boy Choir School
Principal Organist & Associate Director of Music

  • Director of St. Paul’s Adult Choir
  • Accompanist for St. Paul’s Famed Boy’s Choir and Men’s Schola
  • Teacher in the Archdiocesan Boy Choir School
  • Director of beginner, intermediate, and advanced bell choirs
  • Recitalist

St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Yardley, PA  (2001 – 2008)
Organist and Master of Choirs

  • Director of Adult Choir
  • Director of Children’s (grades 3-5) and Youth (grades 6-8) Choirs
  • Director of Adult and Children’s Handbell Choirs
  • Director of Liturgical Flute and Brass Choirs
  • Directed the Cantor Program
  • Oversaw Contemporary Ensemble and Youth Band
  • Organ Recitalist

Buck’s County Motet Singers, Yardley, PA  (2002 – 2007)
Artistic Director/Conductor

  • Music Director of 30 voice semi-professional choir.
  • Ensemble provided two concerts per season as a cultural and educational outreach to the community.
  • Responsible for numerous Philadelphia premieres of several choral compositions.
  • Ensemble quickly grew from 6 to 30 members.
  • Recording made on compact disc.
  • Established Board of Directors.
  • Received stellar reviews from area newspapers.

St. George Episcopal Church, Ardmore, PA  (1995-1999)
Organist and Master of Choirs

  • Established first-rate adult choir with professional soloists.
  • Established graded children’s program using the method established by The Royal School of Church Music, England.
  • Established organ and recital series using members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Guided the Vestry through the restoration of the church’s three-manual Austin pipe organ.
  • Organ Recitalist.

Delaware County Choral Society, Philadelphia, PA  (1995 – 1999)
Music Director/Conductor

  • Music Director of 85 voice community choir.
  • Ensemble provided two concerts per season as a cultural and educational outreach to the community.

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Danbury, CT  (1987 – 1995)
Organist and Master of Choirs

  • Established forty-voice adult choir with professional soloists.
  • Implemented cantor training program.
  • Established graded children’s music program in the parish school.
  • Raised $300,000 for the installation of a new Peragallo pipe organ.
  • Founded the St. Peter’s Chamber Music Society, a group of thirty-five professional instrumentalists.
  • Established concert and organ recital series, including such programs as an annual, fully-staged production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the fund raising performance of Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.

PERFORMANCES  (Partial Listing)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD
Washington National Cathedral
Princeton University Chapel
Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, New Jersey
Saint Bede’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg, Virginia
Church of St. Thomas, New York City
St. Peter’s Church, Columbia, South Carolina (Artist in Residence)
Truro Cathedral, Truro, England
Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Newark
St. Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta, Georgia
St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco
St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Reading, PA
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Los Angeles
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
Accompanist in concert for Julius Baker, principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic 

AWARDS

  • Recipient of the 2006 James Winship Lewis Endowed Memorial Prize for “outstanding contribution to the musical and educational life of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and for outstanding accomplishments.”
  • Recipient of the 2007 James Winship Lewis Endowed Memorial Prize for “outstanding contribution to the musical and educational life of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and for outstanding accomplishments.”

EDUCATION

The Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1983-1987
Graduate Performance Diploma in Organ
Student of Donald Sutherland

Temple University, College of Music
B.M. in Organ Performance
Student of J. Earl Ness, Jr.
Secondary concentration in conducting and flute

Additional Organ Study with:
Dr. John Walker, John Binsfeld, III, Alec Wyton, and Dr. Harry Wilkinson

Organ Master classes with:
Dame Gillian Weir, Marie Clair Alain, Gerre Hancock, and Cherry Rhodes

Flute Study with:
Adrian Greenbaum, Murray Panitz, Wendy Stern, and Debra Carter-Smith

Orchestral Conducting Study:
Private instruction at the New York School of Conducting, with Harold Farbermann at the Hartt College of Music, and with Otto Werner-Mueller at Le Domaine Forget, Canada

Continuing Study in Church Music:
First Congress of Music, The Vatican, Rome
Second Congress of Music, The Vatican, Rome

Continuing Study in Conducting:
Selected as one of 8 conductors to study at Peter the Great Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia
Workshops in Children’s Voices with James Litton
Private instruction in Children’s Voices with John Bertalot at the American Boy Choir School

REFERENCES & CONTACT INFORMATION

References provided upon request.  Please contact:

Louis Lawrence Perazza
266 Deerfield Court
New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938

Telephone:  (215) 888-9190
E-mail:  luigiorganum@aol.com
www.louislawrenceperazza.com