Lou De La Rosa
Director of Choral & Vocal Studies, West Valley College
Lou De La Rosa, Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at West Valley College, received his BA Music in Voice and MA Music in Choral Conducting from San Jose State University where he studied with Dr. Charlene Archibeque. He has taught music in San Jose for 29 years, thirteen of which were at Abraham Lincoln High School, an Academic, Visual & Performing Arts Magnet, where he served as the Music and Performing Arts Department Chair. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1991 and 2002, and received commendation from the WVC Academic Senate for Community Involvement in 2010.
His choirs regularly receive first-place awards at national music festivals and competitions, the most recent being Unanimous Superior at the Napa Choral Classic in 2011. In 2001, both his Concert Choir and Chamber Choir were named Festival Sweepstakes winners from more than 250 choirs that performed all season in Musicfest Orlando, Florida.
His choirs have performed in the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as venues on tour in Europe, Florida, Hawaii, and throughout California. While at West Valley College, Lou has collaborated with numerous choirs including The Choral Project, Australian Voices, San Jose State University Choirs, Santa Clara University Chamber Singers, Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, Santa Clara Chorale, Viva La Musica, and has guest conducted The Winchester Orchestra of San Jose, The Santa Clara Chorale and Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale.
Beginning with his appointment as choral director at West Valley College in 2004, Lou De La Rosa’s vision for the vocal music program has been to make West Valley College a destination school for two-year college students seeking to major in vocal music. To that end, students from as far away as Petaluma and Gilroy come to study music at West Valley College, and many have transferred to institutions such as SF Conservatory, UCLA, Biola, Wichita State, Mannes College of Music as well as SJSU and SCU.
Lou De La Rosa has actively served his peers on professional organizations: eleven years on the San Jose Teachers Association Representative Council; eight years on the CMEA Bay Section Board of Directors; six years on the Executive Board of Directors for the Music Association of California Community Colleges; and he is in his third year on the Executive Board of Directors for the California chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Lou has organized honor choirs and choral festivals for California ACDA and CMEA Bay Section, and has been guest conductor for numerous honor choirs throughout the State. He is a vocal music adjudicator for ACDA, CMEA, Heritage Festivals, and other organizations.