The WSO Cultural Ambassador
is sponsored by  
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at UConn Waterbury. 


Vincent P. de Luise, M.D.
Cultural Ambassador

Vincent P. de Luise, M.D. is the Cultural Ambassador of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, a post created by the WSO in 2016.  In this role, Dr. de Luise offers several of each season’s pre-concert insights, area lectures on music, and chamber music recitals, and is a program annotator for the Symphony.

Dr. de Luise is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Medical Humanities at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He is a Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and the Weill Cornell Medical College. He performed his medical internship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), his ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami and was a Heed Foundation Fellow at the Proctor Foundation of UCSF in corneal diseases and transplant surgery.

Dr. de Luise has had a successful 30-year career as an eye physician and surgeon and was named to Woodward-White’s “Best Doctors in America.” He is a senior honor award recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and program chair of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians. He is on the editorial boards of the international journal, Cornea, and the journal, Eye World. He lectures nationally and internationally in ophthalmology, as well as in the domain of the medical humanities.

Dr. de Luise is deeply involved at the intersection of music, art and medicine. He serves on the Humanities and Medicine Committee and the Music and Medicine Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College as advisor and program annotator. As a 2013 Harvard University Fellow in its Advanced Leadership Institute, he developed a program, medical humanities education for medical schools, which he is working on at a national level. He is a clarinetist and an active chamber music recitalist. He has studied with the principal clarinetists of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet, and currently studies with clarinet pedagogue and Van Doren Concert Artist, Jenny McClay.


Apart from his work as Cultural Ambassador of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Dr. de Luise is president of the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation, serves on the Board of the Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra and writes frequently about music and the arts. His published articles and essays on the humanities and medicine are archived at the Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities ( and at his blog, A Musical Vision (

Join Dr. de Luise in an exploration of classical music and composer through a virtual course presented by OLLI at UConn Waterbury!

Over four weekly presentations, this course will introduce the learner to the wonders of classical music and opera, and touch on the fascinating and ongoing research in the cognitive neuroscience on the brain and music. The first talk will be an introduction to classical music. The second and third talks will focus on two of the greatest composers in the Western Canon, Wolfgang Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. The last talk will be a deep dive into the fascinating domain of the cognitive neuroscience of music, how music is processed in the brain, and how music links melody and the mind.  OLLI membership required.

Composers and Music

Vincent de Luise, M.D.

4 sessions | 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM 10/5 - 10/26 | $23


Register here.

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