Louis, Kenneth W.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Kenneth W. Louis has served as Minister of Worship & Music at Holy Comforter – Saint Cyprian Catholic Church. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Kenneth is well known as a performer, lecturer, composer and arranger. He is the first graduate in the United States with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Ethnic (Gospel) Music Studies (1992) from the University of the District of Columbia. He holds a Master of Arts Degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD (1994).

Studying closely with the late Dr. Nathan Carter and Dr. Kay Pace, Kenneth gained much insight into the area of choral conducting. Kenneth's expertise and passion for gospel music has afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Kenneth has served as guest clinician for music workshops for the United States Army in military installations both in the states and abroad. In 1996, Kenneth presented a lecture/demonstration in Paris, France on the European Influence on African-American gospel music at "April in Paris" which was sponsored by the W.E.B. Dubois Center on African-American Studies of Harvard University.

Mr. Louis has served as a music resource person and consultant on African-American sacred music to many dioceses and congregations throughout the United States. He has served as a music resource for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and, along with the Rev. Dr. J. Glenn Murray, is a contributing writer to one of Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) products, Cry Holy!