The National Ballet mourns the death of Jean Verch, Flutist, Orchestra Contractor, Personnel Manager and Music Administrator for over 50 years.
Jean Verch was born in Kitchener and was an active musician in her youth, spending seven years with the Waterloo Band, six years with the Kitchener-Waterloo symphony, and five years with the National Youth Orchestra. Jean had intended to go to medical school upon graduating from high school, but instead joined The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra in 1963 as a flutist. Beginning in 1971 she did double duty, taking on the responsibilities of Orchestra Contractor, Personnel Manager, and Liaison Officer. Jean retired from the orchestra in 1986, and devoted all her time to the role of Orchestra Contractor. Jean’s role was central to the success of the company’s international tours, and she was recognized for her skills in the role by Music Director Emeritus George Crum, who professed: “I appreciate her as a flutist and I can’t do without her as a contractor.”
"Jean Verch was the very personification of music at The National Ballet of Canada for over fifty years," said Music Director and Principal Conductor, David Briskin. "Her love and devotion to the orchestra and company were limitless. We will miss her terribly."
Upon her retirement from the National Ballet in 2014 a plaque was hung in The Walter Carsen Centre honouring her 51 years of service with the company.