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Obituary: Dr. Louis V. Pisciotta

Dr. Louis V. Pisciotta, former choir director and organist at the Church of Saint Mary, Manhasset, died on Feb. 12, 2011. During his tenure from 1969 through 1994, he developed the modern music program for the parish. He recruited a choir where there had previously been none and introduced the use of cantors, instrumentalists and new hymnals. These greatly expanded the musical possibilities at the time. In 1988, he led the choir to Italy where they sang in Florence, Assisi and Rome. The highlight was a Papal audience during Holy Week where they sang for Pope John Paul II.

Dr. Pisciotta was a longtime resident of Manhasset, attending St. Mary’s Elementary School and Manhasset High School. He earned music degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, Columbia University, the University of Nebraska and finally a PhD from Indiana University. Besides his work at St. Mary’s, he was a Professor of Music at Queensborough Community College for 25 years. Dr. Pisciotta was also a published composer of many liturgical works, including motets and a setting of Panis Angelicus, which was recently performed by the St. Mary’s Adult Choir. His funeral was held on Feb. 22 with singing provided by numerous former and present choir members. He will be greatly missed.