Music, specifically piano, has been a significant part of most of Jeannette’s life ever since she was a child. In high school, she was a student of Russell Sherman before he became well known as a concert pianist and teacher at the New England Conservatory of Music. Around this time, she was the recipient of a competitive scholarship given by the Plainfield Music Club. Her college years at Tulane University included a year abroad in Paris, where studies included a class taught by Nadia Boulanger. When she was a senior in college, she won first prize in the New Orleans Opera Guild Competition for pianists and vocalists.
Jeannette moved to Naples in 1979 and served on the board of the Naples Philharmonic for six years during the mid-1980s when the hall was being built. In 1988, she joined the local chapter of a gastronomic group, the Chaine des Rotisseurs, serving as one of its early presidents before becoming the first woman elected to their national board in 1993. Over the next 12 years, she was editor and publisher of this organization’s magazine and developed their first Web site.
Her interest in music never waned, however, and she became drawn, increasingly, to the work being accomplished by the Naples Music Club. She was elected to the Naples Music Club board in 2007, became Vice President a year later and served as Program Chair and Communications Chair before being elected the club’s president in 2011. She is now the Club’s immediate past president and a director. Jeannette has returned to her piano studies and is a member of the Crescendos, a small performance group for pianists. She also serves on the board of ArtsNaples World Festival.
Other Naples organizations in which she has held office include The League of Women Voters, Naples Council on World Affairs, Greater Naples Leadership, and Toastmasters.
Jeannette has two sons, and although neither chose music as a profession, both studied piano and each studied an instrument (French horn; clarinet). This led to their participation in bands and orchestras, including New Jersey’s All-State Band.