Jerry DePuit graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972 and spent twelve years in New York City, where he worked as a vocal coach at New York University, the American Academy of Vocal Arts, and privately. As a musical director-pianist, he has worked for many New York cabarets and theatrical organizations, including the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Player's Club. He has also been musical director of and performed with numerous regional theaters, including twice for the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. Since 1985 he has been on the faculty of the Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan where he works as musical director, arranger/orchestrator, vocal coach, accompanist, and classroom instructor. Professor DePuit has appeared nationwide with cabaret artists, and on both the Today and Tomorrow shows telecasts. His work as an arranger has been heard on recordings, in numerous pops concerts, at the Metropolitan Opera House, and Radio City Music Hall. He has orchestrated three original musicals, including A Wonderful Life by Joe Raposo and Sheldon Harnick, arranged and orchestrated several full-scale revues and many smaller ones, helped reconstruct the original score of Love Life (a 1948 musical by Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner), and has written many new arrangements of extant works, both choral and instrumental.