Jean Laurenz is an eclectic musician who loves variety and collaboration. She is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a performer, Jean has enjoyed appearances with Adele, The Hanson Brothers, The Boston Pops, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Her favorite genre is chamber music and she frequents this arena with innovative ensembles including Seraph Brass, The Knights, A Far Cry, and with Carnegie Hall’s resident fellow chamber group, Ensemble Connect.
Jean is also a vocalist and stage performer who enjoys multi-dimensional artistic performances. She is the artistic producer of Koizumi, a staged multi-media performance piece that incorporates digital projection, chamber music, theater, and folklore. Jean toured Europe with Lucerne Festival’s dance and theatrical production, Divamania. As a vocalist, she has performed the national anthem and other musical services at most major Chicagoland sporting arenas, including performances with the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Fire.
Jean holds degrees in trumpet performance and choral education from Yale University and Northwestern University. She is a passionate educator, social activist, and teaching artist. Her work with Handel and Haydn Society and Carnegie Hall has connected her to public school students in Boston and the Bronx, and she has also served as a public school teacher in Evanston, IL. These experiences helped shape her artistic perspective and leniency towards multi-sensory collaborations. Jean has curated children’s shows for both Carnegie Hall and the Boston Symphony, and she is a current META Fellow. When she is not performing or teaching, Jean enjoys rock climbing, running, and yoga.