Jayne Critelli
Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, Vocalist, Piano and Voice Professor

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Jayne Critelli

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Biography

Roots

Composer, singer, pianist, Jayne Critelli was born in Utica, NY. Growing up in a family of music lovers, she was introduced to a well-rounded array of musical styles. As a soon-to-be budding composer and songwriter, she could not have been in a better place. Jayne’s early listening included Broadway shows, opera, pop, standards and jazz music. Early vocal influences were Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand as well as jazz artists such as Stan Getz, Bill Evans, and Wes Montgomery. Later on came the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Laura Nyro and other talents of that era. Jayne began composing songs in her early teens as well as studied piano and voice. Her first band, Lilith, performed her original songs and showcased vocals with four-part harmony and two flutes. Jayne’s interest in church choral music inspired her to write for children and adults.


Professional Work Experience

She began writing music for advertising with one of the top New York jingle houses, Lucas/McFaul. This unique position as one of the few women jingle writers in the city gave her a major opportunity to hone her work ethic and songwriting skills. Working along side principals David Lucas, known for AT&T’s Reach Out and Touch Someone, and Thom McFaul, composer of Meow Mix, she was working with the greats.

Jayne has composed, vocalized and arranged music for major advertising campaigns including, Coca Cola, You Can’t Beat The Feelin’, Lysol, Put On A Shining Face, Cherry Coke, It’s Very Cherry, Kodak, The Statue Of Liberty, and arrangements for AT&T, Sheer Energy and others. Jayne has produced commercials with popular artists such as Dionne Warwick, Michael Bolton, Patti Austin, John Waitt, Valerie Simpson, Lani Groves, David Sanborn, Joe Cerisano, Will Lee, Paul Shaffer, Warren Bernhardt, Wayne Pedziwater, Steve Jordan, and Rachele Cappelli.

Atlantic Records and singer, Rachele Cappelli, released “I’m Sorry”, a song written by Jayne and co-written and produced by David Lucas. Arif Mardin arranged and produced strings for this track.

While Jayne lived in Greenwich, CT, she began teaching private piano and voice lessons. With her unique background she encouraged many people of all ages in their pursuit of a music education.  The Joy of Learning The Joy of Music interprets Jayne's philosophy of teaching music. Under her tutelage, piano students were trained in classical and contemporary styles of music along with music theory, harmony, chord voicings and terminology. By her example she inspired and fostered songwriting talent. She employed the Alexander Technique of Vocal Instruction focusing on contemporary repertoire. Annual recitals were held twice a year for students to demonstrate their abilities. 

Jayne accepted a composer’s seat in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop under the moderation of Skip Kennon and Richard Lindquist. Jayne worked with several collaborators while learning the craft of composing for theater . The workshop culminated in the spring with a tenminute musical. As a music theater composer Jayne has experience composing, collaborating and working with many industry professionals such as Maury Yeston, Alan Menken, David Lucas, Kenneth Jones, Paul Scott Goodman, and Donna Kaz.

Jayne became one of thirty-seven fellows participating in a nine day intensive Cabaret Symposium set at the Eugene O’Neil Estate. She worked with Margaret Whiting, Carol Hall, Julie Wilson, Shelly Markham and other professionals.

Jayne has performed as a pianist and vocalist in songwriter showcases, several student recitals and worship services.