Jessica Sherer, Flute
An adventurous flutist hailed for her "versatility and depth of understanding" (Composer Eva Kendrick), Dr. Jessica Sherer has earned a reputation for taking on many unique and varied musical projects. Sherer has recorded on the Naxos label as principal flutist with the Florida State University Symphony on Millenium Fantasy/Images/Peanuts Gallery: The Music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and independently with Chamber Cartel. An avid supporter of new music, Sherer has commissioned and premiered works by many composers including, Eva Kendrick, Nicole Chamberlain, Marc Yeats, Richard Applin, Michael Daughterty and Ladislav Kubik. Sherer is a member of Atlanta's acclaimed Chamber Cartel, an ensemble "dedicated to seeking out the beautiful, strange, imaginative, and wondrous in contemporary music." She has performed with the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble (in residence at Berklee College of Music) and Longitude New Music Ensemble (Cambridge, MA). As an orchestral musician, Sherer began her career performing with the New World Symphony at age nineteen and has since performed with numerous orchestras across the US including the Orlando Philharmonic, Portland Columbia Symphony, Boston Civic Orchestra, Sarah McLachlan’s touring orchestra, and toured with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Currently she is principal flutist with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, piccoloist with the Albany Symphony, second flutist with the LaGrange Symphony, and performs regularly with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta.
Highly sought after for her innovative and imaginative teaching style, Sherer has combined her own experience with elements of Alexander, Feldenkrais, Body Mapping, Dalcroze, and Gordon Institute research, to develop unique methods for holistic and efficient learning. Her students have consistently won competition prizes, superior ratings at festivals, and positions in prominent youth orchestras and all-state ensembles. In addition to maintaining a large and selective private studio, Sherer serves as the Flute Teaching Artist for the Atlanta Music Project, an el sistema organization dedicated to achieving social change through music. She was a speaker at the 2012 TEDx Centennial Park Women conference on the topic of social change through music. Sherer co-founded the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival, and has regular engagements as a guest teaching artist at schools and universities across the southeast. Sherer 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 her principal teachers include Robert Willoughby, Eva Amsler, Laura Gilbert, Marianne Gedigian, Linda Toote, and Elizabeth Goode.