Jeanne Majors

Violin

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I am a Jacksonville girl; live in the house where I grew up; trained at Jacksonville University and University of Cincinnati; and have focused on teaching and performing music for my entire life.

Brevard Music Center (in North Carolina) holds a special place in my heart because of the many years I was affiliated with the summer music camp & festival. I grew up as a camper for several years, "graduated" to being on staff as a counselor & assistant librarian, and finally served an artist faculty member. It was my honor and privilege to teach and perform there during all the summers of the 1990's.

Since my special love is playing chamber music, I founded Prelude Chamber Music in 2002 with symphony colleagues Chris Chappell and Vernon Humbert. We wanted to provide an opportunity for students to receive instruction in how to play in small ensembles. We present workshops and give coaching sessions during the year, but our main event is a summer session where students of all ages and abilities can be inspired by some of the finest musicians and teachers.
More information about Prelude Chamber Music, Inc. can be found on our web site preludechambermusic.org

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I do love to travel and plan trips! Perhaps I could have been a travel agent.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
My late husband of 32 years, Brent Majors, was a jazz saxophonist and woodwind instructor. We traveled to many classical and jazz music festivals around the world. In my spare time I plan my next trip, but mostly I focus on my students and plan for Prelude Chamber Music events.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
There is a special joy in making music with colleagues! The orchestra musicians and director communicate with each other throughout every performance by listening, looking, and responding. Beyond the satisfaction of playing well together, it is so rewarding when we know the audience appreciates our performances. Occasionally we have had some patrons sit on stage with us in rehearsal, and we hope that this has given them a sense of being really involved with our music-making. Even when they are out there in the concert hall with lots of space separating us, our goal is to stay connected with our audience and to know we are communicating something special with each performance.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
Swim in my Endless Pool....great relaxer and way to get some stress-free exercise.

What is your favorite food?
Seafood....all kinds

Who is your favorite composer?
One of my favorite composers is Brahms!

Education
Bachelor’s degrees in music performance and music education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.