About Louie Ramos
Dr. Louie Ramos is a musical arranger and orchestrator based in Los Angeles,
California. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the
Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) at several concerts including
"Handog ng Faso sa PASKO" and "FASO Goes to the Movies," both at the
Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and "FASO at the Cathedral" at the Cathedral of Our
Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.
Louie was a featured arranger for "Dance, Rhythm, Harmony: MABUHAY" at the
prestigious Ford Amphitheater in 2010, where he arranged music that blended
orchestral instruments with Filipino traditional Rondalla. He is an
Arranger-in-Residence for the Philippine Chamber Singers-Los Angeles (PCS-LA)
and arranged the music for the show "SayAwit" at the Ford Amphitheater.
Louie's passion for music began when his composition was selected as the
graduation song for class at the Philippine Science High School in 1979. He
obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University
of the Philippines (UP) at Los Banos in 1982 (magna cum laude), completing the
four year course in just three years. While at UP, he was a Musical Director of a
student choir, where he composed and arranged several award winning songs in
University Choral competitions. During this period, he studied music composition
with Carmencita Arambulo and choral arranging under Professor Jonas Baes, who
is currently the Department Chairman of the Composition and Theory Department,
College of Music at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
He received a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from the Ateneo de
Manila University in 1985. Louie subsequently pursued graduate studies at the
University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Doctor of
Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science in 1992. While at USC, he minored in
Music Theory and Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music. Louie studied
music composition under Donald Crockett, Frank Ticheli, and James Hopkins.
During his USC days, Louie spent several summer breaks in the Philippines
studying music with Ryan Cayabyab, who generously allowed Louie to audit his
Music classes at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music and
mentored him in choral arranging. In 1989, Louie interned at IBM and worked in the
Multimedia Lab sequencing and producing MIDI-based music that was used in
in-house video projects. He also arranged the IBM company song, which was
performed as part of its 75th Anniversary celebration.
In 1993, Louie married Tess Belizario, an accomplished vocal performer in her own
right having played lead roles in several musical plays including Gines Tan's
Magsimula Ka. They have one daughter Isabella, who was born in 1995. Isabella
was the catalyst for his musical arrangements and productions. Growing up,
Isabella loved to sing at parties and school events but could not find minus one
music of her favorite songs. Consequently, Louie arranged and produced
MIDI-based music for Isabella as well as for other family and friends, wedding gigs,
and special occasions.
In 2007, Louie was tapped by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus (LACC) to teach
musicianship classes in their music program. He currently teaches music theory and
sight-singing classes based on the Kodály method. In 2009, Louie completed a
Professional Certificate in Arranging and Production for New Media from the
Berklee College of Music. There he learned the most up to date best practices in
music production and refined his skills in arranging, orchestration, style writing,
sound design, and scoring for film and video games. While at Berklee, he won the
Michel Camilo scholarship. Louie studied orchestration under TV and film
composer Professor Ben Newhouse.
You can access some of Louie's works from his Berklee profile.