Jean Larson Garver
Adjunct Professor, Flute
Jean Larson Garver has been principal flute with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1971. At one time the youngest principal player with the DSO, she now has a mature understanding of the repertoire, and nearly forty years of experience with many gifted conductors and musicians. She has also been Adjunct Associate Professor of Flute at Southern Methodist University since 1971. During that time, many of her students have gone on to have professional careers playing flute. One of her former students became the youngest musician in the DSO, where she now performs next to Garver.
Garver studied at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance under the tutelage of John Hicks. She was a student at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where she studied with James Pappoutsakis of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also studied with Jean Pierre Rampal at the Conservatoire in Nice, France. She is a founding member of the orchestra for the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colo., where she has spent the last 23 summers.
Her career with the DSO has included several tours of Europe, Asia and South America, and performances at Carnegie Hall. She can be heard on numerous recordings under the baton of Eduardo Mata and Andrew Litton, including Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe. She has performed at the “Bravo” Vail Music Festival for the last seven years. As a soloist and chamber musician, Garver has performed with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, at the Mainly Mozart Festival of San Diego and many times with her own Dallas Symphony Orchestra as well as the Dallas Woodwind Quintet. She has performed a work written for her by Simon Sargon at the Texas State Teacher’s Association in Houston, and was a guest soloist at the National Flute Convention in August 2001. She has conducted master classes at the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, University of North Texas, and the Royal Festival College of Music in London, England. Garver was the guest artist, performing recitals and master classes, for the Texas Flute Festival in April 2006.