Director 1966 - 1989
Lou Laurel (1918-1997) led the Phoenicians to 11 Far Western District Championships in as many tries, and to three International Championships. Prior to moving to Phoenix, he directed the El Paso, Texas "Border Chorders" to the Southwest District Championship and on to the International Championship. Lou was the first director in the Society to direct two different choruses to the gold medal. An outstanding quartet man, he was baritone of Desertaires quartet, who made it to the Top Ten in international competition.
Among his numerous credits are Phoenicians Barbershopper of the Year (1969), Chapter President (El Paso), Southwest District President, International President, quartet and chorus coach, Certified Judge in the Interpretation Category, and inductee into both the Southwest and Far Western District Halls of Fame.
Lou's contributions to the Phoenicians are beyond anyone's wildest expectations, turning rags to riches and molding an also-ran chorus into a world champion. He taught us how to sing, how to entertain, and how to make music. More importantly though, he taught us how to laugh, and how to love, and empowered us with a commitment to hard work, mutual trust, and graciousness that are the ingredients for "The Making of a Champion".