My name is Gino De Luca, and I am a Chicago native who grew up during the 1970s and 1980s. This was a great time for a budding musician to grow up, as I was exposed to everything from commercial jingles ("Plop, plop, fizz, fizz" [Alka Selzer], "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there" [State Farm Insurance]) to legendary movie music (Star Wars, Jaws, The Godfather, Funny Girl) to popular music by such artists as the Carpenters, Joni Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and the Bee Gees.
When I was a child, my parents encouraged me in my talent, and provided accordion and piano lessons. Although they did not know a great deal about music, musicians, or musical careers, they always provided opportunities to learn, grow, and share my talent. After graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary North High School in Chicago, I ventured out into the professional music world. From solo and collaborative cabaret and theatre performances, to composing commercial jingles and children's theatre scores, to serving as Music Director in the national tour of Into the Woods, to singing and dancing on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, to working as a Navy Pier Player, I was so fortunate to grow, develop, and fine-tune my musical talents.
Beginning in the year 2000, I ventured into academia and attended Webster University, where I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance at the age of 40. Having truly enjoyed my undergraduate studies, I attended graduate school, and earned both my Master of Arts degree (Voice Performance-University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory) and Doctor of Philosophy (Voice Literature-University of Iowa) degree (at the age of 50). The title of my PhD dissertation is The Genre of American Cabaret with an Original Cabaret Show by Gino De Luca. Throughout all of these educational experiences, I took away what was most valuable and applied them, first to performance and then to teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
I love to share my music with the world, and prolong that which I love most: Music. If you would like to listen to some of my music, you are welcome to check out my Demo Music. If you like what you hear, you may purchase individual tracks or my debut album, A Time to Heal.
Lastly, I would love to hear from you. I welcome and enjoy hearing sincere feedback, and am open to suggestions on how I can improve my musical creations.
To learn more or book me for your event, please contact me.