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Jessica Petrasek

Jessica P.

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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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  • Awarded United States Presidential Scholar from United States government
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University

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Margaret Jul 17, 2019
Flute · In studio

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!

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Michael Jun 3, 2019
Flute · In studio

Amazing player and so nice!

Andrew Jun 3, 2019
Flute · In studio

Jessica is kind and the best flutist in the area. I highly recommend her!

Anonymous Mar 20, 2018
Flute · In studio



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


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