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Luis Roman



Luis Roman, a tall tenor with a large voice, was born in New York City in Mt. Sinai Hospital and grew up in the Grant Houses project on 125th Street in Harlem.  Luis works as a public defender for the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, and has done so for 22 years.

He went to college at Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Government, and received his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Luis and his wife Paula have been together for 20 years and married for 16 years.  He is active with his local political club, Broadway Democrats, and he enjoys going to movies, reading and hanging out with his dog and two cats.

Luis sang in a school choir in boarding school and then stopped singing.  He met Chorus co-founder Laura Friedman and her husband Paul Shneyer through their political club, Broadway Democrats, and he regularly attended Chorus concerts.  After the events of 9/11 he felt like he really needed some kind of inspiration.  His wife Paula encouraged him to audition for the Chorus.   He has been in the Chorus since 2003, when the original director, Geoffrey Fairweather, was still in charge.

Luis finds singing in the Chorus a great source of enjoyment and uplift.   A few of his favorite Chorus songs are "Harmony," "There is Power in a Union," and "Rocking Solidarity."  He enjoys the camaraderie and getting together for Monday evening rehearsal and feels that with conductor Jana Ballard the Chorus is making good strides to better preparedness and professionalism.

Luis and his participation in the Chorus were recently featured in an article in the El Diario of Sunday, September 7, 2014, the first sentence of which basically translates as “Tomorrow is the most terrifying day of the week…….but not for Luis Roman.”  

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