Camilla Vaitaitis is an award winning pianist, vocalist, arranger and composer based in Denver, CO. She graduated from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies & Commercial Music and recently received a Master's degree in Jazz Composition also from Lamont in 2020.
She plays in several different groups, including her independent rock band Specific Ocean, The Camilla Vaitaitis Big Band, and The Sharp Five – a five-part vocal jazz group working with the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA). Her studio experiences include work as a sideman and background vocalist as well as recording in bands with genres ranging from jazz and funk to rock and pop. Camilla dedicates time not only to performing, teaching, and accompanying throughout Denver, but also to composing and arranging pieces for a variety of groups, including vocal jazz ensembles and big bands. She has had the honor of playing piano for members of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Prince Harry. In 2016 & 2017, her group “The Vocal Jazz Messengers” received consecutive Downbeat awards for outstanding small vocal jazz ensemble. She was also selected as a featured musician in KUVO's 30 Under 30.
In addition to actively performing around Denver, Camilla works as a program assistant with CCJA and is the host of the weekly interview and masterclass series "CCJA Sundays" through which she has had the privilege of interviewing musicians including Maria Schneider, Bill Frisell, and Melissa Aldana.