Jean Maxon Carpenter, piano, voice
Jean Maxon Carpenter came to Rhode Island in 2006, after maintaining her own piano/voice studio in Oswego, NY for 22+ years. One of the very best things that happened when she moved here was meeting Nancy Shanahan and becoming part of the staff at More than Music! In January 2014, Jean will be celebrating 30 years of teaching piano and voice in a studio setting!
In Central New York, Jean was the pianist for the Lakeside Piano Trio, the SUNY Oswego College-Community Chorus, the Oswego County Children's Chorus, the Oswego Bach Chorale, and the semi-professional singing group, VOCE. Additionally, she worked as a freelance pianist and accompanist for many classical chamber music concert series, including The Society for New Music, Civic Morning Musicals at the Everson Museum, and the Lions Club Concerts for Sight.
Since arriving in Rhode Island, Jean has managed youth orchestras for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, taught at Lincoln School in Providence, and currently works as a class piano instructor at the University of Rhode Island. She music directs theater productions on occasion, most recently working for The Community Players of Pawtucket in their production of "Sweeney Todd". Additionally, Jean is the accompanist for the South County Chamber Singers. Her first love, however, has always been teaching piano and voice in a studio setting, which is what makes working here her favorite part of the day!
Jean holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Piano from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and a Master of Music in Music Education and Voice from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education (MENC), and its state chapters, RIMEA and NYSSMA, the American College of Musicians - National Piano Guild, for whom she also serves as an adjudicator, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and its state chapter, RINATS. She has also served as an adjudicator for music festivals throughout the Northeast.
Jean has organized solo festivals and evaluation festivals for several of these organizations, and serves as the chairperson for the Kingston, RI center for the National Piano Playing Auditions for National Piano Guild each spring.