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Department of Music

Jean Maxon Carpenter

Jean Maxon Carpenter

Guest Artist/Teacher

Phone: 401.874.2431

Piano Class

Master of Music in Education & Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory
Bachelor of Music in Music Education & Piano, Crane School of Music

JEAN MAXON CARPENTER came to Rhode Island in 2006, after maintaining her own piano/voice studio in Oswego, NY for 22 years.  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. One of her passions is musical theatre, and in Central New York, she worked as a music director and pianist for several collegiate, community and regional theatres. Additionally, she taught vocal and instrumental music at a private school for 6 years, worked as a high school choral director for 9 years, taking her award-winning Chorale to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2006; and as a choir director and organist/pianist for several churches over the course of 16 years.

Since arriving in New England, Jean has continued similar work in Rhode Island and neighboring states, working primarily as a freelance pianist and music director, while maintaining a large piano and voice studio. She teaches class piano to music majors and minors at the University of Rhode Island.

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 serves as an adjudicator; and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and its state chapter, RINATS. She has organized solo festivals and evaluation festivals for several of these organizations, and recently established a new National Piano Guild Center in Kingston, Rhode Island.