Larry Lapin

Larry Lapin is professor emeritus and former program director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He retired in May 2013 after 45 years of teaching at UM. A pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Larry Lapin’s career is vast, including performances with jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Shew, Johnny Smith, George Duvivier and Sarah Vaughn. In addition, he has appeared with such show business personalities as Rich Little, Phyllis Diller, Cab Calloway and Tony Bennett. Larry’s arrangements and orchestrations are constantly performed by professional and school groups all over the country, most recently by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra. As former professor of jazz studies in the Frost School’s Department of Studio Music and Jazz, his students and student performing groups garnered 26 awards in 22 years from Downbeat Magazine in DB’s annual student music award competition. Lapin is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); Music Educators National Conference; International Association of Jazz Educators; American Choral Directors Association; and Florida Vocal Association. A popular conductor and clinician, Larry Lapin is in-demand at all-state festivals and music conferences.


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