Louis Vitello is presently in his twenty-second year of teaching at Clarence High School where he serves as the conductor of the Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble, and Chairman of the Clarence School District Music Department. His responsibilities also include teaching lessons and AP Music Theory, advising the Drama Club, and directing the fall play and high school musical.
Mr. Vitello received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and his Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University at Buffalo. While pursuing his Master’s degree, he was a teaching assistant to the Director of Bands, which included serving as the Associate Conductor of the UB Wind Ensemble, University Symphonic Band, and co-director of the UB Pep Band. In addition, he was a staff assistant conductor for the former Greater Buffalo Opera Company, was co-founder and director of the Western New York Youth Wind Ensemble, and has guest conducted all-county honor bands in the Western New York area. His conducting teachers have included Sarah McKoin, Charles Peltz, Gary Burgess, Harold Farberman (Conductor’s Institute), and William Silvester.
The Clarence Symphonic Band, under Mr. Vitello’s direction, has performed at the New York State Band Director’s Association Annual Symposium (2014 & 2010), presented a clinic on repertoire at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference (2000), and at the NYSBDA Regional Workshop (2012); and has commissioned and/or premiered new works for wind band. These pieces include Persis Parshall Vehar’s Pan American Overture (2001), Stephen Melillo’s 21: Won Way (2011), Michael Vertoske’s Madrid (2011), and David Maslanka’s Hymn for World Peace (2015).
In addition to his teaching duties in the Clarence School District, Mr. Vitello is the team leader of the Clarence High School School Improvement Team and is a member of the Inquiry Team.
Mr. Vitello is a member of the Erie County Music Educators Association, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, New York State Band Directors Association, The Conductor’s Guild, College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and is an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity.