"The Fifth Symphony is my favorite of all the Sibelius symphonies for its sweeping brass chorales."
Jean Marker De Vere joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1978, the same year she graduated from Indiana University, where she was a student of Josef Gingold, and in her junior year received a special distinction – the Performer's Certificate.
Throughout her tenure, De Vere has participated in numerous Minnesota Orchestra activities, most recently as a member of the Orchestra's Kinder Konzert Series, and in 2014 with a string quartet of Orchestra musicians as part of the Common Chords residency in Bemidji.
De Vere grew up in a suburb of Detroit where she began violin studies at age nine in the public school system and later studied with Detroit Symphony member Emily Austin. She was a two-time winner of the American Federation of Musicians Congress of Strings, and has attended several summer music festivals including Blossom Festival, Yale Summer School, Music Academy of the West and the Spoleto Festival.
De Vere is currently on the faculty at both the MacPhail Center for Music and the Mount Calvary Academy of Music, and has a private studio in Golden Valley. She regularly coaches sectionals for the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and in Twin Cities area high schools.
De Vere has two sons: Daniel, who recently graduated from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, studying trombone, and Brian, who completed a Masters in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The De Vere family has traveled through 47 states, including Alaska, in their 24 foot motorhome.