Louis Bergonzi

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Louis Bergonzi is professor of music education/strings and conductor of the University of Illinois Philharmonia Orchestra. He was appointed to the University of Illinois faculty in 2005. Prior to that appointment, he was on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music for 16 years, and earlier he held positions in various public school systems in Massachusetts. A frequent presenter at regional, state, national, and international teachers' conferences, Bergonzi's areas of expertise include orchestra rehearsal technique, conducting, and string teaching, particularly in an urban setting.

Bergonzi is author of several books: Rounds and Canons for Strings: Shaping Musical Independence (Kjos, 2003); coauthor, Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vols. 1 and 2 (GIA, 2001, 2003); coauthor, Americans' Musical Preferences (National Endowment for the Arts, 2001); and Effects of Art Education on Participation in the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts, 1996). He has had articles published in American String Teacher, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the National School Orchestra Association, and Bulletin of the International Kodály Society. Among his many affiliations are president, American String Teachers Association (1998|2000) and national chair for its Urban Outreach Program (1993 - 1996); Music Educators National Conference; New York State School Music Association; Society for Research in Music Education; and the National Editorial Board of the Journal of String Research.