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Louis Anthony deLise is an award-winning American composer, pianist, and percussionist. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and at age six moved with his family to rural Pennsylvania where he attended public schools and began his music study. Louis’ first album as featured artist, Natural Light, was released in 2019. Natural Light achieved a top-ten chart position on the ZMR charts and was nominated as “Best Neoclassical Album” by the One World Music Awards. That same year, he was nominated as “Best New Artists” by ZMR. Natural Light included performances by Jeff Oster and Grammy-winner, Nancy Rumbel. Also in 2019, Louis’ flute concerto, Salone del Astor, was named, “Best Newly Published Mixed Duet” by the National Flute Association. Louis has arranged and conducted orchestras on two charting albums for Grammy-winner, Patti LaBelle, and has arranged for Grammy-winners, Peter Nero, and the band Halestorm.
Photograph: American Composer Louis Anthony deLise. Provided by Louis Anthony deLise.
Video: In the Before Times (February 2020) from the album, A Gift of Moments from composer Louis Anthony deLise.
Doctor of Musical Arts, The Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, PA
Dissertation: Marimba Rossa for Marimba and Orchestra
Master of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (GPA 4.0)
Studies in Film Scoring, Don Sebesky, New York, NY 1980
Studies in Composition, The Juilliard School, New York, NY 1978 - 1979
Bachelor of Music in Composition, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Concentration: Composition and Percussion
Studies in Orchestral Percussion Performance, Ambler Music Festival, Ambler, PA 1969 - 1971
Percussion: Kenneth Lawrence, Jack Moore, and Charles Owen
Composition: Maurice Wright, Richard Brodhead, Matthew Greenbaum, Clifford Taylor, and Paul Epstein
Master Classes with: Vincent Persichetti, George Rochberg, and Stanley Wolfe
Ralph Vaughn Williams, Samuel Barber, Henry Mancini, Dave Brubeck, Lou Harrison
Louis Anthony deLise is:
a voting member of the Recording Academy (the Grammy organization) and is a former Governor of the Philadelphia Chapter;
a member of Philadelphia City Council's Music Industry Task Force;
on the Board of the Mindful Music Association;
arranger and conductor for Patti LaBelle (Grammy-winner);
former musical arranger for Peter Nero (Grammy-winner);
former music director (composer & conductor) for the Barrymore Awards (Philadelphia)
Bucks County Connection
At age six (in 1956), Louis moved with his family to Warrington, Bucks County. He attended schools in the Central Bucks School System, including Warrington Elementary School (now, Florence D. Titus Elementary School), Tamanend Junior High School, and Central Bucks High School (now, Central Bucks West). His first formal music instruction was with Mr. Walter Harvey at Central Bucks' Saturday music lessons. He also began to study musical arranging with Charles McNally, band director at Tamanend Junior High School. He played in the band concerts at the Court House each summer for many years--through his early twenties, and played his first professional performances in Bucks County at the Bucks County Playhouse Inn and later at the Bucks County Playhouse.
American Composer Louis Anthony deLise
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