Jean Gay is an active cellist and cello instructor based in Atlanta, GA. Always looking for new ways to engage and involve audiences on a deeper level, she frequently performs as a solo cellist in intimate spaces such as art galleries, green spaces, meditation centers, and individual homes. These concerts and programs are in collaboration with local composers, visual artists, and other creators, and are a celebration of the unique people working to grow a vibrant music and arts community in Atlanta.
Her degrees were completed in both Atlanta and Chicago; in 2013 she received an Artist Diploma from Georgia State University studying with Christopher Rex, in 2011 a Master’s degree from the College Conservatory of Performing Arts in Chicago studying with Wendy Warner, and in 2009 an Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University studying with Martha Gerschefski and Pamela Devenport.
Jean currently teaches at North Atlanta Talent Education (natesuzuki.com) in Roswell and out of her home in Grant Park. In addition to attending annual events for ongoing education, she has completed numerous apprenticeship and training programs to develop and hone her teaching abilities. Under the guidance of Pamela Devenport she completed Suzuki Certification courses in books 1-8. She continues to attend teacher training workshops and sessions, such as Carey Beth Hockett’s “Cello Teachniques” class, Tanya Carey’s “Cello Playing is Easy” course and Ed Kreitman’s “Teaching with an Open Heart” workshop. View her SAA profile here: https://suzukiassociation.org/people/jean-gay/ In 2018 she will attend the Chicago Suzuki Institute to study Suzuki Cello Books 9 and 10 with teacher trainer Nancy Hair.