LaCroix earned the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition from the University of Chicago, and has held adjunct teaching positions in Canada at the University of Windsor, and in the USA at the Wheaton College Conservatory in Illinois. While in Residence at the University of Chicago, he taught courses in 18th Century Counterpoint, Intro to Composition, Aural Skills, and Harmony and Voice Leading under the guidance of theorists Lawrence Zbikowski and Steven Rings, after assisting both professors the previous year.
LaCroix has also had short term studies or participated in master classes
with internationally recognized composers: Salvatore
Sciarrino, Lukas Foss, Fabio Nieder, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Alasdair Nicolson,
Sally Beamish, Klaus Ib Jørgensen, Michel Gonneville, Michèle Reverdy, Noël Lee, Leslie Bassett, Narcis Bonet, and
Additionally, LaCroix holds a Bachelor of Music
degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from Wayne State University in
Detroit where his main mentors included Matt Michaels and Chris Collins
(jazz improvisation and arranging), James Hartway (composition), Robert
Conway (piano), and Kypros Markou and James Lentini (conducting and
orchestration). As a student at WSU, LaCroix served as Teaching
Assistant in the entire sequence of music theory courses offered at the
school, as well as in courses in piano skills and jazz combo
Recently relocated to Montréal (after more than a
decade in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago), Dr LaCroix and his
wife Elizabeth maintain a studio of private students in piano,
composition, guitar, music theory, and chamber music.
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