Bio & Résumé

Jean has recently moved to Stuttgart, Germany where she teaches and performs on violin and viola. She recently moved from the Central Coast of California where she coached the viola sections of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony and taught group classes for the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Strings in the Schools Program. She also worked in the Symphony office in the Music Education department. Click here for a short news clip featuring the Children’s Concert of 2013. Ensembles she performed with include the San Luis Obispo Symphony, San Luis Obispo Opera, Symphony of the Vines, Santa Maria Philharmonic, Lompoc Pops, and Santa Ynez Master Chorale. 

Background: Jean grew up in Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast of California. She began the violin at age six, and at age ten, due to a need of violists in the her youth symphony and her teacher’s encouragement, she switched instruments. A string quartet she joined in middle school performed frequently and won repeatedly at a locally held competition. In high school she became the Principal Violist and a Concerto Competition winner with the Youth Symphony and for her senior year she left the Central Coast to study at Interlochen Arts Academy.

She pursued a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the summers she attended music festivals, taught at San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Prelude Music Camp, and performed with the Colorado Light Opera. Upon finishing her degree she took an opportunity to live in Germany where she taught English, studied privately at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule (Conservatory), and performed with a few ensembles, which included touring with the Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra.

After two years abroad she began her studies at Portland State University, where she held an assistantship to help manage and play in all of the ensembles under the conductor Ken Selden. Her focus of study was pedagogy and she received a Masters of Arts in Music. She studied with Joël Belgique, the Principal Violist of the Oregon Symphony, and took secondary lessons on violin with Carol Sindell. The Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Newport Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Oregon Theater Opera, were among the groups Jean enjoyed performing with before moving back to the Central Coast.

Jean Rochelle


      • 2009 – 2011, Portland State University, Masters of Arts in Music. Attended on graduate assistantship. Studies with Joël Belgique
      • 2007 – 2008, Stuttgart Musikhochschule, Kontaktstudium (private lessons). Studies with Paul Pesthy
      • 2007 – 2008, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, German language courses. Elementary II and Intermediate I
      • 2003 – 2007, University of Colorado at Boulder School of Music, Bachelor of Music in viola performance. Studies with Erika Eckert
      • 2002 – 2003, Interlochen Arts Academy, high school diploma. Studies with David Holland


      • ENSEMBLE
      • 2012 – 2013, Opera San Luis Obispo, violist
      • 2012 – 2013, San Luis Obispo Symphony, violist
      • 2012 – 2013, Santa Ynez Master Chorale, violinist
      • 2012 – 2013, Lompoc Pops, substitute violinist
      • 2011 – 2013, Santa Maria Philharmonic, violist and violinist
      • 2011 – 2013, Symphony of the Vines, violist
      • 2011, Vancouver Symphony, substitute violist
      • 2011, Newport Symphony, substitute violist
      • 2009 – 2011, Columbia Symhpony Orchestra, substitute violist
      • 2009 – 2011, Opera Theater Oregon, solo violist
      • 2009 – 2010, Heidelberger Kammerorchester, solo vioist. France summer tour (2010) and Switzerland winter tour (2009)
      • 2009 – 2010, performances in masterclasses by Takacs Quartet
      • 2006, Colorado Light Opera, assistant principal violist
      • 2005, MTNA divisional competition, Fresch Quartet selected to represent Colorado
      • 2003 – 2004, performances in masterclasses by Cavani Quartet and Takacs Quartet
      • SOLO
      • 2012, performance in masterclass by Scott Yoo
      • 2011, performance in masterclass by Yizhak Schotten
      • 2009, performance in masterclass by Theodore Arm
      • 2007, Mu Phi Epsilon solo competition scholarship recipient
      • 2007, senior recital, CU Boulder
      • 2006 – 2007, performances in masterclasses by Christine Rutledge, Yuval Gotlibovich, and Peter Slowik
      • 2006, junior recital, CU Boulder
      • 2005, Aspen Music Festival. Studies with John Graham and Jeffrey Irvine
      • 2004, Kennedy Center/NSO Summer Music Institute, Washington, D.C. Studies with Ramon Scavelli
      • 2004 – 2005, performances in masterclasses by James Dunham, Helen Callus, and Scott Lee
      • 2004, sophomore recital, CU Boulder
      • 2003, performance in masterclass by Jesse Levine
      • 2003, Interlochen Arts Academy, senior recital
      • 2002, Cleveland Institute of Music ENCORE School for Strings. Studies with Stanley Konopka
      • 2001, Interlochen Arts Camp. Studies with Jerzy Kosmala
      • 2001, San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, winner
      • 2001, San Luis Obispo County Allied Arts Competition, finalist

Teaching/Coaching and Other Work Experience

      • 2011 – 2013, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Strings in the Schools Teacher (group classes on violin and cello), Youth Symphony Viola Coach, Music Van Presenter, Interim Music Education Director, Summer String Workshop Coordinator
      • 2011 – 2012, Cal Poly Symphony, Viola Coach
      • 2009 – 2011, Portland State University, Orchestra Manager
      • 2010, Oregon Symphony, librarian work
      • 2007 – 2009, Berlitz, English Teacher
      • 2003 – 2007, Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, Office Assistant and Head Usher
      • 2003 – 2004, San Luis Obispo Symphony Prelude Music Camp, Teacher and Counselor



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