Vince di Mura is a veteran Jazz pianist, composer, arranger and musical director; appearing on concert stages and theatres throughout North America, Canada, and Latin America. He currently serves as the Resident Composer and Musical Director for the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University. He has conducted theatre seasons at The Bethesda Nederlander Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and El Portal Theatre in California, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, the Augusta Barn Theatre in Michigan, Artpark and Company in Lewiston N.Y., Tennessee Repertory in Nashville, The Asolo Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre and American Stage in Florida, Passage Theatre, Act II Playhouse, The Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, The Muhlenburg Summer Theatre Festival, and The Little Theatre in the Rockies.
Best known for his arrangements of "My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra," (with over 500 productions nationally), Vince has musical directed productions at the Blowing Rock Stage Company and Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina, Western Michigan’s Cherry County Playhouse, The Barter Theatre in Virginia, and Arkansas Repertory Company in Little Rock. In 2005, Vince co-created, arranged and musical directed American Stage’s premier production of "I Left My Heart"; A Tribute to Tony Bennett: Licensed by Summerwind Productions; and musical directed the premier production at American Stage in St. Petersburg Florida. There has been multiple productions of "I Left My Heart" since its premier, including successful runs the Laguna Playhouse (which he musical directed), Welk Resort Theatre in Escadido CA, Merry Go Round Theatre in New York, and the Phoenix Theatre in Arizona.
Vince has fulfilled multiple compositional commissions from Princeton University's department of Theatre and Dance, Rutgers University, Rider University, the Pingry Foundation, the University of Colorado, The Scioto Society, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Passage Theatre, the University of Northern Colorado, and a host of scores for People's Light and Theatre Company. As an arranger, Vince has fulfilled commissions from Summerwind Productions, Act II Playhouse, The Arden Theatre Company, MusicalFare in Buffalo NY, and his 2008 rewriting of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, "The Pirates of Penzance." In 2012, Vince was commissioned by Princeton University's Theatre Department to do jazz/rock arrangements of "Pippin." The show was produced at the Berlind/McCarter Theatre in April, 2012.
He holds composition and jazz fellowships from the William Goldman Foundation, Temple University, Meet the Composer, CEPAC, the Union County Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Cultural Forum and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
In February 2004, Vince premiered a concert version of his first spoken word/jazz opera, "A Poet In Harlem:" with text by Nuyorican poet, Willie Perdomo. Performances at the Puffin Cultural Forum, The Arts Guild of Rahway, 12 Miles West Theatre and The Bowery Poetry Club followed. On March 4th, 2007, Vince premiered "For Lost Words"; a second spoken word/jazz rock opera based on the Vietnam poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa at the Passage Theatre in Trenton. Since then, the music has had hearings in colleges and cultural centers throughout the tri-state area including a special performance at Harlem Stage. The New York premiere and CD release party took place on September 29th 2008, at the Cornelia Street Cafe' in the west village. The CD, on the BackGarden Label, is now available on the internet at CDBaby.com. and Digstation.com; as well as itunes and any number of internet music outlets.
No stranger to the recording studio, Vince has 3 other CDs out: the 2000 release, "Imperfect Balance," the 2007 release, "A Darker Shade of Romance," and the 2010 release, "California Sage:" (with James Leary on Bass and Fritz Wise on drums.) All three are available at CDBABY.COM. as well as a large number of internet outlets. Vince's new CD, "Love Was" is due out in November 2012.