- Artist Lecturer in Jazz Voice
- Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Lou Lanza, Jazz Vocal Ensemble director, is a Philadelphia native who thrives on the cultural and musical heritage of that city. Lou has music in his genes - an opera singer grandfather, a classical violinist father, and a pianist, organist & music teaching mother. His jazz influence came from another of his relatives, Vince Trombetta, a saxophonist & arranger who served as musical director of The Mike Douglas Show. Lou's music teachers include Jimmy Bruno and Larry McKenna. His live performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City have earned him the admiration of many industry professionals including Bootsie Barnes, Henry Mancini, & Tony Bennett. Some of Lou's CDs include: The Road Not Taken (C.A.B. Records), Corner Pocket (J-Bird Records), Shadows and Echoes (Challenge Records), and upcoming on Cexton Records Opening Doors, A Jazz Tribute to The Doors (to be released next winter) and An Intimate Portrait in Blue (to be released next spring). Lou has appeared in a series jazz related of spots on BET. And Lou will be listed among the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time in The Jazz Singers by critic/author Scott Yanow (to be published by Backbeat Books in 2005). In June 2004, Lou will appear in a two man tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Red Room of the Philadelphia's Society Hill Playouse where he'll portray the younger Sinatra. Lou is a member of the music faculty at Moravian College.