New Jersey native and current Chicago community member, clarinetist Jessica Smith is completing her Master’s degree at DePaul University. Ms. Smith has been a competition winner with the Rowan University Symphonic Orchestra, the Northern Lights Music Festival Orchestra and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. She has held the woodwind fellowship at Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2012, and has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble and Rowan University Orchestra. Most recently, Ms. Smith was awarded second place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Central Illinois Competition. Currently, Ms. Smith can be found working on her most recent project, the Chicago Symphonic Winds, a group dedicated to promoting wind music.
Ms. Smith’s primary instructors include Rié Suzuki, Julie DeRoche and Larry Combs. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded the W. Clark Pfleeger Medallion for Musical Excellence with her Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Rowan University.
While primarily a clarinet player, Ms. Smith is comfortable teaching and has experience performing clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe and trombone. Jessica also enjoys coaching clarinet chamber ensembles (trios/quartets/quintets) as well as wind quartets and quintets. Instilling a sense of pride, access to all musical styles, and inspiration towards the creation of music are the driving forces behind Jessica’s teaching style. Each student is entitled to the expansion of knowledge in the fields of history, theory and repertoire in a supportive learning community. Through the strive for the highest technical ability and appropriate instruction, student’s will have the ability to exceed in their creation of music, all while gaining positive skills that will transfer into every facet of life.