Meet the members of our orchestra with our Profiles from the Pit series! This month, learn about our MOT's repetiteur and pianist!
Jean Schneider is a woman of many talents. In addition to playing the piano, celeste, organ and harpsichord in the orchestra pit, she has been Michigan Opera Theatre’s repetiteur since 2002, playing the piano accompaniment during MOT’s opera rehearsals.
Originally from Wisconsin, Jean began playing the piano when she was eight years old and went on to earn two Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, one in Piano Performance and the other in Piano Accompaniment. She has played 65 operas and continues to go strong, not letting even broken bones stop her. She said she loves working with MOT.
“Returning to play Tosca in the spring of 2018 after breaking my wrist last October was a very special MOT experience,” she said. “I just love being in the theater. There’s something special about walking through the stage door and climbing the stairs to the rehearsal room or going backstage or down to the pit. The smell of the grease paint, the roar of the crowd, it just feels good.”
Outside of MOT, Jean coaches singers and plays recitals and concerts, as well as rehearsals for other groups. She has also recently begun a copywriting and editing business geared toward performing artists and arts organizations.
Jean is proud to have walked one hour every day for more than 18 years and to have driven her 1990 Volvo for even longer.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, thrift shopping and doing acrostic puzzles.
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