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.