From: IA, United States
Genre: Jazz, New Age, Piano Instrumental
Jean’s fascination with music began at the age of 6 when she began picking out melodies on her two octave xylophone. She began private piano lessons at the age of 7. She continued lessons throughout high school where she entered and won numerous solo piano competitions. She has also been a church pianist for 35 years. Her passion for music has continued to grow over the years and in 1994 she began writing and performing her own compositions. She also began writing orchestrations of her music adding other instrumentation to her lyrical piano compositions.Her instrumental music has been aired on various radio stations across the country. She has peformed benefit concerts for Agape Christian School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Sartori Hospital Festival of Trees as well as performing at the V.I.P. reception preceding a Bill Cosby performance. Jean has performed at various locations throughout the Cedar Valley as a solo pianist including the Cedar Falls Womens Club, Gallagher Blue Dorn Performing Arts Center, Debut Art Gallery, Farradays' (Isle of Capri), Sunnyside Country Club, Elks Club, Centennial Oaks Country Club, PIPAC Events Center, and Von Mauer Department Stores. In 2000 Jean teamed up with vocal recording artists Wade Brinkopf and Jeff Reynolds to form the Contemporary Christian group "Reflections". Jean continues to write and arrange music both for solo piano and for "Reflections". She performs at local events and charities both as a solo pianist and with "Reflections." She also serves as the Music Director at St. John Lutheran Church in Waverly, IA. Jean's song "Dancing All Night" received an Honor Award in the 2009 Great American Song Contest.