Jeanne Bourgeois has been Assistant Concertmaster with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She has a doctorate in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music, a master's from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Charles Castleman, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Kurt Sassmannshuas. Jeanne has held orchestral positions with the Syracuse Symphony, Sarasota Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She was Associate Concertmaster of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and has also served as Concertmaster of the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra in Charleston, S.C. As a soloist, she has performed with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Starling Chamber Orchestra (Cincinnati), as well as the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra (Chicago). She has taught at Whitworth University, is currently on faculty of Washington State University String Camp and also maintains a violin studio in Spokane. In her free time, Jeanne enjoys the great outdoors, cooking and traveling with her husband, Spokane Symphony bassist Stephen Swanson.
About Jeanne Bourgeois
What is your teaching presence in Spokane? I have a large private teaching studio and also lead sectionals with the Spokane Youth Symphony. My students can be heard playing in their middle and high school orchestras, the Spokane Youth Symphony orchestras, at Musicfest Northwest, and in smaller ensembles around Spokane.
What is your involvement in the greater Spokane musical community? I have performed with the Eastern Washington University orchestra, accompanied the Gonzaga University choral groups in performances of the Mozart Requiem and the Bach St. John's Passion. I have also performed with the Spokane Falls Orchestra, as well as in frequent concerts around town, including Northern Quest Casino and Arbor Crest Winery. I also play occasionally with the Missoula Symphony and in the Seattle area.
Have you soloed with the Spokane Symphony? Yes, I performed Mozart Violin Concerto #3 with the symphony in the spring of 2009.
What are your hobbies? I really enjoy discovering the amazing hiking trails in this beautiful region. I also like traveling, cooking, reading, and movies. One of my favorite musical hobbies is playing duos for violin and viola da gamba with my husband.
Where is your hometown? Richton Park, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago.
How old were you when you started your instrument? I began violin when I was 3 years old and also studied piano growing up.
What would you be if you were not a musician? I really enjoy designing and admiring houses. So if I couldn't be a musician I'd likely be an architect, interior designer, or real-estate agent.
Do you have a signature dish you enjoy cooking? I am a big fan of pesto and also make tasty hummus.
If you could play another instrument, what would it be? The oboe.
What are your most memorable moments with the Spokane Symphony? Performing Beethoven Symphony No. 9 every New Year's Eve is always a thrilling experience.