Artist Affiliate: Flute Instructor
LaGrange Symphony Orchestra
BiographyAn adventurous flutist hailed for her "versatility and depth of understanding" (Composer Eva Kendrick), Dr. Jessica Sherer has earned a reputation for taking on many unique and varied musical projects. In demand as an orchestral musician, Jessica began her career performing with the New World Symphony at age nineteen. Currently she is principal flutist with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, piccoloist with the Albany Symphony and the Spartanburg Philharmonic, assistant principal flutist with the LaGrange Symphony, and performs regularly with orchestras throughout the Southeast, including the Greenville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the Orlando Philharmonic.
An avid supporter of new music, Jessica has commissioned and premiered works by many composers, including Marc Yeats, Richard Applin, Nicole Chamberlain, Michael Daughterty and Ladislav Kubik. She is co-founder of Anon Ensemble, a flute, viola, and bassoon trio whose commissioned work, Juntos, by Eva Kendrick, was recently awarded the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize for the International Alliance of Women in Music’s new music search. Jessica has also performed with Atlanta’s acclaimed new music ensemble, Chamber Cartel, the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble (in residence at Berklee College of Music), and Longitude New Music Ensemble (Cambridge, MA).
Highly sought after for her innovative and imaginative teaching style, Jessica has combined her own experience with elements of Alexander, Feldenkrais, Body Mapping, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Gordon Institute research, to develop unique methods for holistic and efficient learning. Jessica currently serves on the faculties of Emory University and Agnes Scott College, and maintains a large and selective private studio, where her students have consistently won competition prizes and positions in prominent youth orchestras and all-state ensembles. A long time advocate of social change through music, Jessica served as the Flute Teaching Artist for the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema organization providing intensive music training for children in underserved communities, from its inception in 2010 until 2015. She was a speaker at the 2012 TEDx Centennial Park Women conference on the topic of social change through music, and has recently launched Play It Forward, which provides private lesson scholarships for financially disadvantaged students in exchange for hour-for-hour volunteer work. Jessica spends her summers as co-founder, co-director, and flute faculty of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival and Artist in Residence at the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.
Jessica holds a D.M. from Florida State University, a M.M. from the Longy School of Music, and a B.M. from Boston University, and has studied at the Brevard and Bowdoin music festivals. Her principal teachers include Robert Willoughby, Eva Amsler, Laura Gilbert, Marianne Gedigian, Linda Toote, and Elizabeth Goode. She can be heard on recordings with the FSU Symphony Orchestra (Naxos) and Chamber Cartel (independent).