Title: Harp and Piano Instructor
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Genres: Classical, sacred, Celtic and popular music for pedal (concert) harp and lever (folk) harp; classical, popular, folk and jazz music for piano; special focus on ear training, performance preparation and ensemble/accompaniment/orchestra playing
Education: BA from Pennsylvania State University (Journalism major, Music minor); New York State Teaching Certification (NYSTCE) and Music Therapy Certification from Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; Studied privately with Paul Zeigler (classical piano), Alexandra Sudjin (harp, Grandjany method) and Elizabeth Etters Asmus (harp, Grandjany method)
Louis is an active performing harpist and composer. While in New York, he performed as a soloist and pit harpist for Broadway musicals, played early music programs at the Cloisters and served as a rehearsal pianist at Lincoln Center. He also composed and performed music for a variety of radio programs and broadcast commercials.
Since moving to central Pennsylvania in 1987, Louis has taught private piano and harp lessons and provided group lessons for several home school cooperatives. He is one of the leading classical harp instructors in the region providing beginner-to-advanced education in classical harp, folk and sacred harp, popular music and jazz harp improvisation, and music therapy.
Louis maintains an active performance schedule as a church music director, a harpist for many symphonies and theater companies, and soloist for weddings and special events. He has appeared with a variety of Irish and pop bands, including the Harp Rock Cafe, performing unique rock arrangements featuring the concert harp. He has also published a complete library of original arrangements for six or more harps and other instruments.
In 2002, Louis founded the Harrisburg Harp Orchestra. With more than 100 members, Harrisburg Harp Orchestra is now one of the largest regularly performing harp ensembles in the United States. Louis serves as music director and composer for the orchestra.