James Lorusso studied composition, as well as counterpoint,
harmony, and arranging, with Irwin Stahl, at the Music Conservatory
of Westchester. He was among a select group of students in a
special seminar that spanned the course of several years and
covered many aspects of music as well as the above-stated disciplines.
Years later, he furthered his studies in arranging and composition
with another renowned composer, Ruth Schonthal.