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Jean Browne has lived in or around New York City since 1978 and has had a versatile career as a vocal coach, accompanist, conductor, producer, composer and music copyist. She earned an Artist's Diploma in Vocal Accompanying from the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and a Master of Music Degree in Piano from Southern Methodist University.

In demand as a collaborator, Jean is particularly sought after as a singer's accompanist because of the vocal freedom and support she provides a singer from the piano.

Jean started playing the piano at age 2 and started piano lessons at age 3. At age 3 she also started performing on stage and sang and danced at intermissions for many concerts.

At 16 she debuted as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after winning First Place in the Dallas Symphonic Festival. At the age of 19 she was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas for outstanding musical contribution to the city. She studied piano and accompanying with Alfred Mouledous, Paul Vellucci, Ramón Walter, Hans-Peter Schilly and Norman Shetler.

Ms. Browne has accompanied Master Classes for Jennie Tourel, Hans-Peter Schilly, Heinz Holliger, Aurèle Nicolet and Jean-Pierre Rampal, who afterwards hired her to accompany him in concert.

Jean was an accompanist for the Summer Vocal Institute in Graz, Austria for two summers. She worked as a vocal coach and conductor for the opera in Osnabrück, Germany for three seasons.

Jean was the Associate Music Director and conductor to Jack Lee for the Dallas Summer Musicals for 15  productions, working with such celebrities as Gene Kelly, Herschel Bernardi, Shirley Jones, Vincent Price, Ginger Rogers, Edie Adams, Laurence Guittard, George Chakiris, and Ricardo Montalban. (See collaborations)

For two seasons Jean was the Associate Music Director for San Francisco Opera's Western Opera Theater, touring extensively throughout the U.S.

Jean was the Associate Music Director and conductor to Jack Lee for the Broadway Production and 42-week National Tour of Peter Pan, starring Sandy Duncan, becoming the first woman to conduct a hit Broadway show. She performed the show 954 times and conducted the last 3 months of the Broadway run, including the closing night performance.

A certified music copyist, Jean was one of the first professional copyists in New York City to convert to a computerized system. She was the supervising copyist for many productions, including the first and only fully orchestrated version of The Fantasticks where she worked directly with composer Harvey Schmidt, and the world premiere of Robert DeGaetano's Piano Concerto No. 1. Jean created the complex music examples used in The Harmony of Bill Evans, a book published by Hal Leonard.

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