Faculty - Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary

Tom Clear, Affiliate Artist
Jazz piano, improvisation, jazz piano class

  • B.A. (Jazz Studies), Hampshire College
  • Post-bac certificate (Music Education), University of Vermont
Contact information
Email: Thomas Cleary

As a composer, Cleary has been commissioned by groups including Social Band and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (for whom he composed "New Seasons, Alter'd Sky," a song cycle for voices and jazz quartet).  He teaches piano lessons in his private studio and in the Music & Dance Department at UVM, where he was also music director for The Threepenny Opera. 

Groups accompanied: As a pianist, Tom Cleary has performed with artists including Lester Bowie, Bill Frisell, Mike Gordon, James Harvey, Ellen Powell, Clark Terry, Ray Vega, Ernie Watts, and Ike Willis.

Memorable performances: Currently he performs regularly with the Latin jazz group Rick Davies and Jazzismo and appears on their latest CD "Siempre Salsa." His work as an arranger can be heard on "Hey Sadie," the new album by Amber deLaurentis (now available on iTunes).

Faculty Directory

D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair

Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Paul Besaw, Dance
Clare Byrne, Dance
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Selene Colburn, Dance
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Rick Davies, Trombone
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Erin Grainger, Voice
Paula Higa, Dance
Gerald Lanoue, Bassoon
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
John Mantegna, Guitar
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Alan Parshley, Horn
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Dance
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Robert Wigness, Trombone
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone