Who am I?

I am an American flautist based in Cornwall, England who is an international performer, a flute teacher + an ethnomusicologist.

But ultimately?

  • I perform with a big heart for audiences around the globe.
  • I teach flautists to be fearlessly creative, technically refined + unapologetically real.
  • I research fresh, brand spankin’ new ways to tell a musical story.


Because art–yours, mine, ours–is changing the world.
And so this is what I do (+ why I absolutely love it).


October 18, 2016

What I Do as a Flautist When World Events Seem Overwhelming

Thanks to Danielle LaPorte for this #truthbomb It’s a tumultuous world energy right now. News events are happening that have brought me tears and a deep frustration because I just don't know what to do about it.  I can feel smallRead more

September 1, 2016

Come Join Jessica: A Free Flute Workshop on Extended Techniques at the Cornwall Flute Festival

Learn The Basics of Extended Flute Techniques A workshop given in collaboration with The Cornwall Music Service Trust, The Cornwall Flute Festival and the Truro School. When: Saturday, 3rd December, 2016, 10am-12pm Location: Truro School Music Department, Trennick Lane, Truro TR1Read more

July 23, 2016

“My teacher refused to teach me”. A chat with flautist Ruth Ballantyne about rising above the naysayers (+ her new flute book, too)

Surely you’ve heard about the nightmare piano teacher? She’s the one who’d hit your knuckles with a ruler if you played a wrong note at the keyboard. Shudder. While it can’t be said that ruthless teaching practices are limited to purelyRead more