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Jane Ambrose to Retire from Lane Series in June

Release Date: 11-11-2009

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Jane Ambrose

Jane Ambrose was appointed as Lane Series director in 1987 by then-president Lattie Coor, who recognized in her a love and knowledge of live music that would benefit the community for decades to come. (Photo: Auke Kempes.)

Jane Ambrose, director of the University of Vermont Lane Series, will retire from her position this June after 23 years of service. Ambrose first came to UVM in 1965 and worked in acquisitions at the (then) Bailey Library. She began teaching in the Music Department in 1967 and chaired that department for 10 years. Professor emerita since 2000, she continues to teach her popular "Music in Live Performance" class through the Honors College.

During the many years Ambrose juggled a full-time teaching position, chaired a department, and curated the Lane Series, she also continued her career as professional musician. A flutist, she specializes in historical instruments and carries out research on Bach, early music performance practice, and women composers. A teacher of many noteworthy Vermont musicians including Trey Anastasio, she wrote the introductory notes to the second edition of The Phish Companion.

As director of the Lane Series, she has brought an extraordinary roster of talent to the UVM campus. Under her tenure, the series has developed an international reputation as a producer of early music, presenting such artists as Anonymous 4, Hesperus, the Boston Camerata, and many more. Many well known classical artists, such as pianist Frederic Chiu, furthered their careers performing on the Lane Series stage. An average year of concerts at major international venues often held a surprising number of "overlaps" with the UVM Lane Series, as Ambrose had an exceptional knack for persuading artists of note to make a stop in Burlington on their way to and from Boston, Montreal, and other major metropolitan areas.

Always open-minded and enthusiastic about all kinds of music, dance, theater and film, Ambrose will remain as classical music consultant to the Lane Series. Natalie Neuert, Lane Series manager since 1994, will succeed Ambrose as director. "I am so lucky to have had a career with so much satisfaction from the work itself, the students and our Lane audience," Ambrose says, "and I'm happy to leave the Lane Series in Natalie's very capable hands."