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Carma Romano-LaMorte

Photo by Harry Olsson

Carma Romano-LaMorte began her musical education in the San Francisco Bay Area under such noted choral directors as Maestro Vincenzo Giannini of the San Francisco Opera. She began studying conducting at age fifteen with Maestro Hugo Rinaldi at the San Domenico School, and she studied violin with Peter Schaffer, the associate concert master of the San Francisco Symphony.

After secondary school, she entered the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where she studied violin and chamber music with members of the New Hungarian String Quartet and choral conducting with famed conductor Daniel Moe.

After a summer fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, graduate school took her to New York and a multi-disciplinary Master of Fine Arts degree jointly granted between Sarah Lawrence College and The Juilliard School. She studied violin with Dorothy Delay and was a member of the Sixten Ehrling Master Class at Julliard. She studied counterpoint with noted American composer David Diamond and choral conducting with Harold Aks.

She debuted in Switzerland and Austria as assistant conductor of the Sarah Lawrence College Choir. In 1977, she won the Choral Conductors' Prize at the International Bach Festival in San Moritz, Switzerland. The jury was chaired by Sir Neville Marriner. After post-graduate study with Maestro Marriner in London, Ms. Romano-LaMorte joined the music faculty of the University of Northern Colorado.

In 1984, she moved to Denver where she was active as a violinist in area orchestras. In 1991, she became first assistant director, then director of liturgy for the Archdiocese of Denver. She formed the Musicians of St. Clare in 1993.



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