Biography of Jean Antrim

Jean Antrim has had a varied musical career. As a scholarship student she studied at Syracuse University and at the New School in New York City. Her private teachers include Murray Panitz, 1st chair with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Frances Blaisdell, Frederick Wilkins, mentored by William Kincaid, and noted soloist and recitalist Sam Baron.

Allegro from the G.P. Telemann Trio in c minor
The Rameau Trio plus Oboe.
Jean – flute, Virginia Brewer – Oboe, Fortunato Arico – Viola da Gamba, and Jocelyn Chaparro – Harpsichord.

She has concertized extensively on the east coast as a soloist and chamber musician and has made numerous appearances with some of the leading symphony orchestras in the east.

In addition to her other activities, her performance credits include performing Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto with Margaret Ross in Carnegie Hall in New York City, three New York Times-reviewed solo recitals (one on the baroque Traverso) at Carnegie Recital Hall, numerous chamber music recitals at New York’s Donnell Library, The Huntington Hartford Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum and, as an esteemed member of Local #802, many orchestral, and band concerts in all 5 New York boroughs.

Her appearances as a pit band member of Broadway shows such as “My Fair Lady (with an English cast), “The King and I” with Yul Brynner at New York State theater, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and “Milk and Honey”, are among her many gigs as a subbing flutist for the New York City music scene. Her Rameau Trio, besides recording 7 albums of baroque music for MMO Records (and remastered by Sony for CD’S) toured the East, along with acclaimed Baroque Dancer Wendy Hilton and under the management of Bernard and Rubin, played at several colleges along the coast.

She also played for Leopold Stokowski, conductor of the American Symphony, Emil Kahn, conductor of the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York and Maurice Levine, conductor of the 92nd Street Y Orchestra. She trained under famed Eastman Wind Ensemble conductor, Dr. Frederick Fennell, playing the U.S. premier performance of Darius Milhaud’s “Suite française”, written to commemorate the bravery of U.S. soldiers in the Normandy Invasion of WWII, with the New Jersey All State Band.

Of her performances in a Carnegie Recital Hall concert, Robert Jones of the New York Times said that she “… came through her ordeal of virtually non-stop flute playing beautifully. She sounded like one of the more promising flutists of the younger generation.”

Her strong and varied performance background reinforces her ability as a Flute Sales Consultant to fully evaluate and offer, the finest used and new flutes available on the market.

Jean lives in Gloucester, MA, and teaches Modern Flute, Piccolo, Baroque Flute, and Chamber music playing from her studio, and on-line via SkypeTM. Jean is Principal flute with the Gordon College Symphonic Band, a frequent soloist at area Churches, continues to record new music, as well maintaining a practice at her “Studio Rameau” in Gloucester. Her recent performances can be seen on YouTube Music / Jean Antrim.

Charatza recently commented on Jean’s work on her YouTube page:
Jean is The Queen of color and taste. Listen to her early, listen to her often, and learn from her every phrase and performance. Her audiences and students are indeed fortunate; she’s hands-down the best flute teacher in all of North America.”

Jean Antrim is a Master Teacher. Her long career, intensive, on-going study of her Flute and Chamber Music performance material, teaching methods and skill assessing and dealing with student’s needs, is legendary. This fact is supported by the achievement history of her students during her 65 years and counting. During Jean’s teaching and playing career her students have won the coveted honors of First Student Flutist and Soloist of Japan’s Jeunesse Musicale orchestra and National winner of the Marcel Moyse North American Scholarship, as well as having coached many high school students to first Chair positions for NJ and NY Allstate Bands and Orchestras.

Her classical and Baroque teaching methods trace back to the Master teacher J.J.Quantz. Being self taught on the Baroque Traverso, she concertized over the east coast, toured with Baroque dancer Wendy Hilton and was honored to play her debut concert on this historic instrument in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, in addition to 2 additional recitals there with her Rameau Trio.

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