Jean is an Atlanta-based artist who is passionate about presenting music from the classical tradition in a way that is relevant, intuitively resonant, and impactful to today’s listeners. This means she performs in a variety of spaces (from private homes & nature centers to formal concert halls) and music across different periods of time and countries, such as the awe-inspiring suites by J. S. Bach alongside “Transitions” by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
Her mission in performance is to create a unique space for listeners to collectively perceive & experience something deeper than where most of us spend our days — beyond the to-do lists and tasks that keep our lives aligned and organized and into a language and sensitivity that is innate and ultimately ennobling when we open to it. She believes this time experiencing the music together humbles and enriches us, and enables us to connect at a more primal, human level than our society often nurtures.
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’s work with her students is very meaningful to her and she hopes to enable each of them to experience the joyful reward that discipline and investment in instrument study can yield. Whether it is a nourishing performance of French Folk Song or a fiery Tarantella, she sees the ability to communicate clearly and emotionally in all of her students & continues to study and refine her teaching in order to always be evolving as a private lesson instructor. Her training in the Suzuki Method has been invaluable and she appreciates her ongoing relationship with the Suzuki community as a source of inspiration, support, and for a continued intelligent approach to cello pedagogy. Her most recent training was in the summer of 2018 with cellist Nancy Hair; you may see the complete list of her Suzuki Association of America registered courses here & a full listing of her education/pedagogy training here. Studio policies are linked here.