Jean Ohlsson West, Flute
Jean Ohlsson West is Professor of Flute in Stetson University's School of Music. She teaches studio flute, coaches chamber music, directs the Stetson Flute Orchestra, and is an active academic advisor and representative of the School of Music in various university governance settings. Her association with Stetson's School of Music began in 1985 when she founded the Stetson Community School of Music, which she directed until 1992. She has previously taught music history courses and has most recently served the university as Dean (2007-2013) and Associate Dean (2004-2007) of the School of Music.
Dr. West is active as a solo and chamber player within the university setting and beyond, including flutist with the faculty wind quintet and wind trio, whose CD titled Tres Vientos was supported by a Stetson University Professional Development Grant. She has been actively involved in the Florida Flute Association since 1985, twice serving as FFA president and board chair. As a member of the National Flute Association, Dr. West has performed at national conventions and served as an audition and competition adjudicator on several occasions. Dr. West was associated with Michigan's Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 1995-2003, teaching and playing flute in the Festival Band and Orchestra, and twice touring in France, Germany and Italy as group leader with the Blue Lake International Jazz Ensemble directed by her husband George.
Dr. West holds degrees from James Madison University (BME) and The Ohio State University (MA, music history; DMA, flute performance). She has taught at California State University Sacramento and Heidelberg College (OH), and has been principal flutist with the Baton Rouge Symphony and Opera Orchestra.