Jessica Petrasek

Jessica P.

Atlanta, GA

Lesson Details

Latin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been a tutor of Latin and Ancient Greek and a substitute Latin teacher for the past 5 years. I am a professional flutist and have been teaching flute lessons for 10 years, but Latin and Greek are my second passion, and I love keeping up my translating chops and passing on my love of the languages through teaching.
My Princeton thesis, titled "Dido and Aeneas: Two Works of Reception," discussed the relationship between Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid, Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas," and Mark Morris' ballet of the same name. My students have ranged from 8-year-olds beginning Cambridge Latin Course to a 65-year-old wanting to translate Thucydides in his retirement. I have also substitute taught Latin at a private school.
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Jessica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2007

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, JessicaPetrasek.com.
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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Education

Master of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Rice University
Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Princeton University

Awards

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

Photos & Videos

Jessica performing the Liebermann Flute Sonata.

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