Bassist Jessica Wolfe enjoys a balanced career of performance, music education and community engagement. Jessica attended the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with James VanDemark and earned a Bachelor of Music degree. She participated in Eastman’s “Music for All” program of community outreach, excelling at planning unique and educational programs for the residents of Rochester. Jessica continued her studies in Chicago with Rob Kassinger at DePaul University, where she earned a Master of Music degree.
Serving as an arts ambassador, Jessica recently completed a Civic Fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she embraced the transformative power of music and used it to inspire others toward positive social change, implementing projects in communities not previously connected to the arts and playing a key role in The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's annual Chicago Youth In Music Festival.
As a committed advocate of music education, Jessica has provided string instruction to Ravinia's Reach*Teach*Play sistema program, and enjoys teaching a private studio of bass students at Lyons Township High School and Learn To Make Music in the Chicago suburbs. With her work in artistic planning and community engagement, Jessica also serves as the Associate Director of Artistic Programming with Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble where she enjoys developing successful partnerships for the ensemble and creating innovative concerts that engage diverse audiences.
Jessica performs with several regional orchestras in Illinois. Recent summer engagements have found Jessica in Graz, Austria, performing in the AIMS Festival, and in Texas at the Round Top Festival Institute.
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