Jessica  Sherer

Jessica Sherer

Artist Affiliate, Flute

Contact Information

Phone: 404.433.5433

Office Hours: By appointment only

Academic Degrees

B.M., Boston University
M.M., Longy School of Music
D.M., Florida State University

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

An adventurous flutist hailed for her "versatility and depth of understanding" (Composer Eva Kendrick), Dr. Jessica Sherer currently serves as principal flutist with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, piccoloist with the Albany Symphony, assistant principal flutist with the LaGrange Symphony, and performs regularly with orchestras throughout the Southeast, including the Greenville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the Orlando Philharmonic. She has also shared the stage with such artists as Sarah McLachlan, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and Kristin Chenoweth.

Jessica 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 New Music Search. She is also a member of Atlanta’s acclaimed new music ensemble, Chamber Cartel. In addition to Agnes Scott, Jessica serves on the faculty of Emory University and maintains a large and selective private studio, where her students regularly earn 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 musical training for children in under-served 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. She also co-founded and ran the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as an 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).

Her scholarly interests include the relationship of music and language and the use of music as a vehicle for social change.

Professional Activities

Flute Artist Affiliate, Emory University
Principal Flute, Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Asst. Principal Flute, LaGrange Symphony Orchestra
Piccolo, Albany Symphony Orchestra
Piccolo, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Flutist, Anon Ensemble
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Atlanta Chamber Music Festival
Executive Director, Play It Forward Scholarship Program
Artist in Residence, Orfeo Music Festival
Regular performances as an extra musician with Orlando Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Columbus Symphony Orchestra

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