Miette LaPierre: Vocalist & Composer
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Miette Lapierre is a jazz vocalist, composer, and teacher born and raised in Portland. Having been raised by a theater family she started acting at five in musical theater productions. In Middle School she discovered that her true passion was music and began playing as many instruments as her family would let her take home. After developing tendinitis in her wrists forced her to put down the instruments, she created a home for herself in the jazz scene as a vocalist.
Now, Miette performs a combination of jazz standards, R&B songs, and original compositions. She is known for her vocal improvisation, sultry tone, and witty repartee on the bandstand. They have performed at venues such as The 1905, Vino Veritas, Wilf’s, The Underground, The Aladdin, Mississippi Studios, The Hoxton, Show Bar, Goodfoot, Crystal Ballroom, The Hilton, and more. She also regularly performs background vocals for the math-themed funk group Mr. Vale’s Math Class.
In 2022, Miette graduated with a bachelors in jazz music performance and a minor in gender and sexualities at Portland State University. With the knowledge they have gained they aim to help make the Portland jazz scene a safer and more encouraging community for womxn, non-binary folx, queer and trans people, as well as other marginalized people. She enjoys facilitating conversations about how identity and music co-mingle and educating others on womxn and queer composers throughout jazz history.
Outside of performing, Miette teaches private vocal and flute lessons at Ethos Music, conducts choirs for Blueprint Arts, and teaches beginning and advanced bands for MUSE. Additionally, she enjoys music directing and conducting musicals. She is passionate about her work and encouraging students of all ages to explore music they love.
Miette can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 503-764-5484.