Jean Perry spent seventeen years as a junior high choral director and eight years as an elementary general music teacher and choir director. Since retiring from the Mesa Public Schools in 2002, she devotes a majority of her time to writing and composing. Mrs. Perry also travels throughout the United States working with choirs in clinic situations, presenting interest sessions to fellow teachers, and directing regional honor choirs and All-State ensembles. She is an active member of MENC and ACDA.
Honors received include the Excellence in Teaching award from the Arizona Music Educators’ Association, the Teacher of the Month award from Mesa Public Schools, the Outstanding Choral Educator Award for 2001 from the Arizona ACDA, the Arizona Music Educator of the Year for 2002, the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Choral Directors of Arizona in 2004, and the William E. Richardson Retired Music Educator Service Award in 2009.
Jean and her husband, Dave, live in Sierra Vista, Arizona and have been writing and publishing songs for schools and churches for over thirty years. Choirs in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Australia have performed their music. They have over three hundred published songs and are recipients of multiple awards from ASCAP.