Jean Benson began her education with John Thomas at the Eastman School Preparatory Department. After moving to New England, she continued advanced studies with Louis Moyse and theory with Gudrun Gay of Marlboro College. While working toward her bachelor of music degree from Keene State College and studying with Bonnie Insull and other members of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Benson traveled to New York to work with Julius Baker. A frequent soloist in the New England area, Benson has participated in recital series at King’s College Chapel, the Blacksmith’s House, the Longy School, Boston Conservatory and St. Paul’s School. Formerly principal flute with the Nashua Symphony, Benson also has soloed with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and the Vermont Symphony. She has performed with the Great Waters Festival and Granite State Opera and currently plays with the Granite State Symphony Orchestra. Her students have won numerous musical honors locally and abroad, including the St. Paul’s School Keiser Competition, and have been accepted into programs such as Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Orchestra, Domaine Forget, International Summer Academy of Music, Boston Conservatory and Eastman School of Music’s undergraduate program. She maintains an active teaching and performing schedule at St. Paul’s School. Benson joined the Music School faculty in 1984.