Jessica Petrasek

Jessica P.

Atlanta, GA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I enjoy teaching uniquely to the each student, rather than creating a master program that I apply to everyone in a blanket manner. All beginner students will learn specific scales, etudes, and techniques to get them to certain proficiency level, after which I begin tailoring the program to the student's musical tastes, abilities, and needs. One of my priorities with beginner and intermediate students is correctly developing tone from the beginning. I want to prevent students from forming the bad habits that come with forcing a merely passable tone, which is not only detrimental to long-term playing ability, but can lead to future injury. I also prioritize phrasing, which is just as important to musical success as tonguing, rhythm, and fingerings, even before students reach the advanced level.
I was Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 4 years, and was the Piccoloist and 2nd Flutist in the Sarasota Opera Orchestra for 2 years. I am currently the Principal Flutist of the Breckenridge Music Festival, and have a Master of Music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. I have been teaching flute lessons to students of all ages for the past 10 years. I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Princeton University and have been tutoring Latin and Ancient Greek for 5 years. I have given recitals and masterclasses at University of Missouri at Kansas City and Emporia State University.

About Jessica P.

Jessica earned her Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with master teacher Leone Buyse on a full scholarship. She graduated from Princeton University, where she was a University Scholar, in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and a Certificate in Music Performance. Jessica has been the Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Piccolo and 2nd Flute player of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and a primary extra/substitute flutist for the Kansas City Symphony. In the summer of 2013, she placed third in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. In 2007, she performed at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She was a Miyazawa Flutes Emerging Artist from 2008-2013. Jessica has received additional training at several summer festivals, including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she met her husband, Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Joe Petrasek. Jessica and Joe perform together as the Petrasek Duo, and have given recitals and masterclasses at several universities.
Jessica has been a finalist twice for the position of Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony. She was a finalist for Principal Flute of the Oregon Symphony, a super-finalist for Piccolo of the Houston Symphony, and was most recently the runner-up for Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony. You can hear some of her performances on her website,
Jessica has a huge passion for teaching, which she began at age 18. She has had students of all ages and levels, and has honed her teaching techniques, tailoring them to the specific needs of students whose manners of learning vary greatly. She is consistently surprised at what she discovers through teaching, even after 22 years of playing the flute. In addition to keeping a private flute studio, Jessica has been a tutor of Latin and Ancient Greek for five years, and has substitute taught. Her main hobby is English-style horseback riding, specifically Eventing.


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Jessica has been a wonderful teacher for me! I used to play until college and recently decided to pick up flute again. I was terrified of how bad I would be after decades of not playing, but Jessica's patience and encouragement have helped me so much. Her emphasis on beautiful sound at all times, as well as her gorgeous demonstrations in lessons, has led me to have a better sound than I ever used to. Even my husband likes hearing me practice now!

Posted Jul 17, 2019
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Amazing player and so nice!

Posted Jun 3, 2019
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Jessica is kind and the best flutist in the area. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 3, 2019
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Posted Mar 20, 2018

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Master of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2013

Rice University

Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Princeton University


National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Third Place
Aug 2013

National Flute Association

Taylor Kyle and Nora Scarborough Flack Scholarship
Aug 2012

Rice University

Jerry and Nanette Finger Foundation Prize
Aug 2012

Rice University

Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize
Aug 2011

Rice University

University Scholar
Aug 2008

Princeton University

United States Presidential Scholar
May 2007

United States government

NFAA YoungArts Silver Award
Jan 2007

National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts

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