Biography

Jessica is currently a lecturer of low brass and music history at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Jessica completed her doctorate in trombone performance and pedagogy with a secondary emphasis in musicology at The University of Iowa in 2013 under the advisement of Dr. David Gier. Jessica also achieved her master of arts degree in trombone performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.  She achieved her undergraduate degree in trombone performance at Columbus State University, studying with Dr. Bradley Palmer.

As an applied studio professor, Jessica enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate trombone, euphonium, and tuba students. In 2014, Jessica created SIUC’s Low Brass Collective– a low brass ensemble that allows students to develop chamber music skills. In effort to continue to develop a culture of excellence in her studio, she leads a weekly low brass seminar that focuses on performance and brass related topics. Jessica strives to inspire a positive and supportive studio environment, and her students work on giving and receiving constructive criticism after student performances. As a music history professor at SIUC, Jessica teaches Modern Music I and II, Baroque Music, Music History I and II, and Music Understanding.

As a musician and scholar, Jessica finds it important to maintain an active balance between artistic performance, scholarly research, and service-related activities in her local community and national and international levels. As an artist, she finds performing in chamber music settings both musically rewarding and essential for teaching and developing music-making skills. At SIUC, Jessica is a member of the Faculty Brass Trio. This group enjoys concertizing and outreach performances. While at The University of Iowa, Jessica formed a low brass trio called Low Trio, who presented a recital at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Kalamazoo, MI (2012). Low Trio also toured and presented master classes and recitals at elementary schools throughout Iowa. Being advocates of new music, Low Trio commissioned and recorded new works. As a soloist, Jessica won the S.E. Shire’s trombone solo competition hosted by the Southeast Trombone Symposium in 2010. Her current scholarly research focuses on women’s roles in music and feminist musicology.

Jessica has presented and performed at The International Women’s Brass Conference, The International Trombone Festival, The Southeast Trombone Symposium, The Midwest Trombone and Euphonium Conference, as well as various colleges and universities. She has performed in masterclass settings for Colin Williams, Dr. Denson Paul Pollard, Joseph Alessi, Rick Stout, Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Moises Paiewonsky, Jon Whitaker, Larry Zalkind, St. Louis Brass Quintet, and Empire Brass Quintet.

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