Jean attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance and oboe performance. She moved to Europe with an opera festival orchestra, lived the good life in Geneva for awhile, then won a position on piccolo with the Hofer Symphoniker, a German orchestra. After six years in a place known as “Germany’s Siberia,” Jean returned to her home town of Sonoma, California, hoping to land a flute job somewhere warmer. Four months later she won an audition with the San Antonio Symphony and joined the woodwind section as Second Flute, where she remains to this day.
Jean is a Bexar County Master Gardener and in 2000, on sabbatical from the Symphony, attended Texas A&M’s School of Landscape Architecture in College Station. During a period of extra free time in 2003-2004, Jean launched her own landscape design business and became mother to a baby girl, the excellent Miranda, a native of Amatitlan, Guatemala. Miranda now attends NEISD’s Dual Language Program. Jean recently completed a design for the Animal Defense League of Texas on Nacogdoches Road and has a project under construction at the Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch, Texas.