Faculty - Amber deLaurentis Cleary

Amber deLaurentis

Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Affiliate Artist
Jazz Vocal Ensemble, jazz voice

  • B.A. (Music Performance and History), Hampshire College
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Amber deLaurentis, instructor of jazz voice and co-director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at UVM, is a nationally recognized vocalist, pianist, and songwriter. In 2002, deLaurentis’ “Lonely in Love” took second place in the Billboard International Songwriting Competition. Her songs have also been finalists the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Unisong. In 2002, the Amber deLaurentis Band was one of six finalists (chosen from over 1,200 entrants by the editorial staff of Billboard Magazine) and took Grand Prize in the 2002 Independent Music World Series. Ms. deLaurentis has performed solo and with her band in venues including the Bitter End in New York City, Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Toronto’s North by Northeast, and Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA.

Groups accompanied: As a recording artist, she has collaborated with keyboardist Chris Cameron of Sonia Dada and Jim Tullio (producer of Mavis Staples and Los Lonely Boys). In the Burlington area, Ms. deLaurentis performs solo and as a duo with pianist and husband, Tom Cleary, and she has appeared with Pine Street Jazz and Friends of Joe.

Memorable performances: As a performer, she has opened for Patti Larkin, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, NRBQ, Tom Paxton, Marshall Crenshaw, Five for Fighting, Alana Davis, and Entrain. She has performed with artists including pianist Marcus Roberts, and recently completed a solo tour of Scotland. Ms. deLaurentis recently performed original material on a new local show, "Late Night Saturday with Tim Kavanaugh."

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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