This past semester as one of her courses at the Umbra Institute, St. Mary’s College of Maryland student Sam Berenschot-Bucciero has been taking jazz singing lessons at a local music school. Having studied classical singing, jazz was fun for her because “it was very different, with less structure,” she said. Perugia is a huge jazz center in Italy, which hosts performances year-round and the Umbria Jazz Festival in mid-July.
Last Wednesday at the Bottega del Vino, Sam got to show off what she had been learning throughout the semester, singing five classic jazz songs including “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “Summertime”, and “Why Don’t You Do Right”.
“I was nervous, but I was so overwhelmed by how lovely and supportive everyone was,” she said. “It was really nice to see the whole Umbra community there—it was such a good experience to have everyone there.”
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