Jean Marker De Vere joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1978, the same year she graduated from Indiana University, where she had studied with Josef Gingold and, in her junior year, received a special distinction, the Performer’s Certificate. Since then she has participated in numerous Minnesota Orchestra activities, teaching for many years in the Adopt-A-School program and performing in chamber concerts. She considers her most recent chamber music activity with the Orchestra to have been particularly worthwhile and meaningful: as part of the Orchestra’s September 2014 Common Chords residency in Bemidji, she played in an all-Orchestra string quartet in many different community venues, to very enthusiastic audiences.
De Vere is a native of Southfield, Michigan, where she began violin studies at age nine in the public school system. She later studied with Emily Austin, a Detroit Symphony member with whose help she attended many DSO concerts. She attended music festivals and camps, including the Blossom Festival, Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar and Music Academy of the West, and performed at the Spoleto Festival.
She is currently on the faculty of MacPhail Center for Music, where she recently participated in MacPhail’s innovative Spotlight Series and performed in several faculty recitals. She is also on the faculty of Mount Calvary Academy of Music and frequently coaches sectionals for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
De Vere has two sons, both brass players: the elder is in graduate school at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, studying trombone, and the younger is finishing a double major in business and trumpet at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She and her husband enjoy visiting national parks in their 24-foot Winnebago motor home.