Jayne Demakos

Piano Instruction

Jayne Demakos is a pianist, vocalist and certified music-thanatologist (music and end-of-life care). She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in applied piano before pursuing choral conducting. As a music-thanatologist, Jayne has worked for many years for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services as well as Providence St. Peter Hospital. She founded CompassionHarp, a non profit whose mission it was to bring therapeutic harp into skilled nursing in the Southern Tier. As a pianist, Jayne has had a private professional studio, as well as teaching for many years at the Community School of Music and Arts. She ran two summer piano day camps that featured composition and theater as a way to learn music history. Jayne co-founded and performed in Women’s Work, a five-member ensemble performing women composers from may eras and genres. As a choral conductor, Jayne was music director for Immaculate Conception and St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Churches in Ithaca; founded and directed the Cornings Women’s Choral and Weeping Planet Vocal Ensemble. Jaye was Musician in Residence for two summers at Camp Jabberwocky, a camp on Martha’s Vineyard for people who are differently abled. Jayne has three audio albums, the latest is a Gregorian Chant compilation recorded in the crypt at Mt. Saviour in Elmira, NY. She lives on West Hill in Ithaca with her husband and greyhound.