Jean Gay is an active solo artist, chamber musician, and cello instructor based in Atlanta, GA. Always looking for new ways to engage and involve audiences on a deeper level, in 2017 she will begin to present a year-long series of concerts for solo cello based on three themes - exploration, lightness/darkness, and time. These concerts are in collaboration with local composers, visual artists, and other creators and are a celebration of the unique people working to grow the Atlanta music and arts community. Jean also performs frequently with ensembles focusing on contemporary classical works, such as Chamber Cartel and Terminus Ensemble.
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 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 also continues to attend Suzuki Method 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/
"Jean performed the music for my wedding ceremony this Spring 2014. Prior to the wedding she was always professional and responded in a timely manner to all of my questions. On the day of the wedding she arrived early, was dressed appropriately for a wedding and played beautifully. I received many compliments on her performance and I would gladly recommend her to my friends and family. I am so glad that she performed for my wedding. It really added a wonderful touch to our outdoor ceremony!" April Ross in Atlanta, GA
“I've hired Jean several times for business functions. Her warm, mellow cello sets just the right calm, yet engaging and human atmosphere. The cello's timber mingles well with human voices and blends without overwhelming. It's also fascinating to guests -- try it and see what a difference one cello makes in a big meeting space.” Lisa Calhoun, CEO and Founder of write2market
what: I provide live solo cello music for a wide range of events, such as cocktail hours, gallery events, weddings, housewarming celebrations, and more. A solo cello brings an intimacy and beauty to many kinds of settings and can really make your event stand out as something that your visitors will remember. The warmth of the sound of the cello, richness of the music, and simplicity of one instrumentalist playing combine to create a unique and special experience for everyone involved.
repertoire/requests: The typical request I receive is to provide ‘light classical’ music. I can also choose pieces which are more eclectic/ambient, uplifting and energizing, more inclusive of world/folk music, etc. We can work together to create a ‘playlist’ for your event, or you can simply let me know the type of music you’d like and I can select all the pieces accordingly. You may also request specific pieces or songs; I do not normally charge an extra fee for this unless the pieces are new to me and/or they require extensive research and time to prepare. You can view a list of commonly-requested pieces here.
rate: My rate begins at $150 an hour, and additional fees may be added if the location is very far from the city (Atlanta, GA). This will all be discussed when we review the details of your event, and confirmed in a contract which we both sign. I require a deposit upon signing the contract ($150) and the remaining balance is due by the date of the performance. Payment in cash or check is acceptable, as well as paying through the Square credit card app (which requires a 2.75% surcharge). If your event is to support a charity or cause of some type and you are operating on a budget that does not allow you to pay my standard rate, please contact me as I may be able to adjust accordingly. I am especially willing to support events that promote music education.
requirements: To provide music for your event, I simply need enough space to play and a temperature/location that is safe for my instrument. This may include covering from direct sunlight (for outdoor events) or a space away from exposure to rain or water.