Curriculum Vitae

jess portrait 2EDUCATION

PhD – (Ethno)musicology + Flute Performance (2014)
The University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Thesis Title: Constructing the ‘Authentic’: approaching the ‘6 Tango-Etudes pour Flute seule’ by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) for performance and interpretation’

Master of Music (MMus) in Flute Performance (2006)
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now called the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Bachelor of Music (Bmus) in Flute Performance (2002)
University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, Denver, Colorado, USA (1998-02)
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK (spent one year as an exchange student) (2000-01)

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Professional Recitals Given

2007-current

  • Gazarte (Main Stage), Athens, Greece
  • St. Mary’s Church, Penzance, Cornwall, UK
  • York St. John University, Guest Artist Series, Yorkshire, UK
  • University of Huddersfield, UK, St. Pauls’ Hall, Lunchtime Concert Series, UK
  • Walton St. Mary’s Church, Clevedon, North Somerset, UK
  • A 40-concert tour at different venues throughout India as a Bollywood Flautist
  • University of Newcastle, UK
  • York St. John’s University, Yorkshire, UK
  • The University of Bristol, Victoria Rooms, Lunchtime Concert Series, UK
  • The University of Hull, Lunchtime Concert Series, UK
  • King’s College, London, UK
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • The Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre, Ireland
  • Cockermouth United Reform Church, Cumbria, UK
  • Delta Omicron Music Society, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • The Belmont Rooms, Durham, UK
  • St. Saviourgate Unitarian Church, York, UK
  • Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Distinguished Alumni Series, Hamilton Recital Hall, Lamont School of Music, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Madison, Indiana, USA
  • The Pelican Gallery, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, UK
  • Mjolby Kyrka, Mjolby, Sweden

2001-2006

  • University of Texas at El Paso, Fox Fine Arts Centre, Texas, USA
  • McNeese State University, Ralph Squires Auditorium, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
  • Northwestern University, Frederick’s Auditorium, Natchidoches, Louisiana, USA
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Choral Auditorium, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
  • Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Meditation Chapel, Edinburgh, UK
  • St. Aloysius Church, Glasgow, UK
  • Eastern Mediterranean University, Music Centre, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus
  • Edinburgh Musical Society, Edinburgh, UK
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Guinness Room, Glasgow, UK
  • Malaxander Kyrka, Malaxander, Sweden
  • Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, Arvada, Colorado, USA
  • Houston Fine Arts Center, Foote Hall, Denver, Colorado, USA

Orchestral Engagements

• Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo, York Musical Society Orchestra, Yorkshire, UK
• Piccolo, York Guildhall Orchestra, Yorkshire, UK
• Principal Flute, Ryedale Festival Opera Orchestra, Malton, Yorkshire, UK
• Piccolo, Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Invited Musical Workshops

‘4flutes Flute Day’, Saltash,  Cornwall, UK, October 2017

‘Extended Techniques for Flute Players’, Cornwall Flute Festival and the Cornwall Music Service Trust, The Truro School, UK (December 2016)

‘A Flute Player’ Blueprint’ with the Sheffield Flute Choir, Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield, UK (October 2016)

Grow Your Own Flute Style’ with the Sheffield Flute Choir,  Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield, UK (October 2015)

‘A Fresh Approach to the Interpretation and Performance of Astor Piazzolla’s ‘6 Tango-Etudes for Solo Flute’, The 2014 British Flute Society National Convention, The University of Warwick Arts Centre, UK (August 2014)

‘Improvising Tango Music in an Ensemble Setting’ The University of Hull, UK (December 2011)

‘Interpreting Piazzolla’s Orchestral Repertoire as a Classical Player’, North England Music in the Round, Piazzolla Project, Sheffield City Ballroom, UK (June 2011)

‘Group Improvisation in Tango Music for Wind Ensemble’ Denver School of the Arts, Colorado, USA, (December 2010)

‘Breath Control, Your Body and the Flute’, The Keswick School, UK (March 2010)

‘ The Benefits of Yoga and Flute Playing’, St. Olave’s Hall, York, UK (April 2009)

‘The Scaling Flautist’, The British Flute Society ‘Flute Play-Along Day’, York, UK (March 2009)

‘Composing For Your Flute’, The Mount School, York, UK (March 2009)

‘Banish the Fear of Sightreading’, St. Olave’s Hall, York, (February 2009)

‘The Inner Game of Fluting’, St. Olave’s Hall, York, UK (November 2008)

‘How to Use Your Voice for Flute Perfection’, Miller’s Yard, York, UK (September 2008)

Invited Flute Masterclasses 

York St. John University, UK (April 2015)
The University of Huddersfield, UK (December 2014 and January 2011)
The University of Hull, UK (October 2013, December 2011)
New Mexico State University, USA (December 2010)
The University of Wyoming, USA (December 2010)
The Keswick School, UK (June 2009)
Denver School of the Arts, Colorado, USA (October 2007)
University of Texas at El Paso, Texas, USA (October 2006)
Mcneese University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA (October 2006)
Northwestern University, Louisiana, USA (October 2006)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA (October 2006)
Eastern Mediterranean University at Famagusta, Northern Cyprus (March 2006)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Visiting Lecturer in Performance Musicology, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Course Tutor for all undergraduate performance modules, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Course Instructor, ‘Performance Skills’, International Study Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK
  •  Instructor of Flute/ Director of Flute Ensembles at:
      • The Mount School, York, UK
      • Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, UK
      • The Bootham School, York, North Yorkshire, UK
      • York College, York, UK
      • Paisley Grammar School, Renfrewshire, Scotland
      • Aurora Public Schools, Colorado, USA

RECORDINGS

  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Sacred Choral Works: ‘Sonata I: Puer Natus’ and ‘Sonata II: Lux fulgebit’, Delphian Records, (DCD34037)
  • ‘Whispering’, Terlato Vineyards, feat. Emi Jarvi+ James Carmichael, USA (2008)

RESEARCH

Publications (Click here to read selected works listed below)

  • Book Review: ‘Vibrato Workbook, Ed. 2 by Chris Potter’,  The Flutist Quarterly, p. 67,  41 (4) Summer, July 2016
  • The Lost (and Newly Found) History of Piazzolla’s 6 Tango-Etudes for Solo Flute, Pan-The Journal of the British Flute Society, 34 (2), 24-27, June 2015
  • ‘Score Review: Piazzolla Six Tango Etudes for 2 flutes (composed and arranged by Mantega and Fain)’, Pan-The Journal of the British Flute Society, 34 (2), 62, June 2015
  • ‘Review of Carlos Gardel Tango Flute Duets, arr. Collatti’, Pan-The Journal of the British Flute Society, 34 (1), 60, March 2015
  • ‘A Day in the Life of a Bollywood Flautist’, Pan-The Journal of the British Flute Society, 33 (1), 13, March 2014
  • ‘Review of Latino Carmen by Roland Szentpali’, Pan-The Journal of the British Flute Society, 33 (1), 61, March 2014
  • ‘Score Review: Carlos Gardel: Tango Trio for violin (or flute), cello and piano by Diego Marcelo Collatti’, Pan-The Journal of the British Flute Society, 31 (4), 55, December 2012
  • ‘Score Review: 12 etudes dans le style du tango (12 Etudes in the Key of Tango) by Martín Kutnowski’, Pan- The Journal of the British Flute Society, 31 (3), 52, September 2012
  • ‘Developing Tone Based On Feel’, Flute Talk Magazine, 31 (1), 24-28, September 2011
  • ‘Tango like a Tanguero: Five little tips to help a classical flute player perform tango music’, Flute- The Journal of the British Flute Society, 30 (2), 49-53, June 2011
  • ‘Book Review: La Flauta en el Tango: A Fundamental Method for Playing Tango Music’ by Paulina Fain, Flute- The Journal of the British Flute Society, 30 (2), 62-63, June 2011

Invited Lectures
• ‘I didn’t quite catch your accent’: A recording analysis of accentuation in Astor Piazzolla’s Etude 6 for Solo Flute (1987) for a fresh approach to tango performance”. University of Plymouth Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) Doctoral Seminar Series, (13 Feb, 2017 and also 2 March, 2016)
• ‘Moving away from fishnets and fedoras: Fresh perspectives to the interpretation and performance of Astor Piazzolla’s ‘6 Tango-Etudes for solo flute’, 43rd National Flute Association (NFA) National Convention, Washington DC, USA, (13-16 August, 2015)
•‘Mugre, Mufa y Magia: Flute and Guitar Music of Argentina and Brazil’. Lecture Recital presented at The University of Newcastle, UK (9 October, 2013) and York St. John University (10 October, 2013)
• ‘To breathe or not to breathe? The ‘breath mark of possibility’: Notation, phrasing and form for a wider tango performance context in Astor Piazzolla’s Tango-Etude no. 1 for Solo Flute’. Paper presented at the Latin American Music Seminar London, Chancellors Hall, Senate House, London (26 May, 2012)
• ‘Constructing Musical Mugre for Performance’, Paper presented at the International Tango Conference on Creation, Identification, Circulation, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, ( 27-28 October, 2011)
• ‘Renovating the Argentine Tango’, Lecture Recital presented at the Sound Thought Festival, The Arches, Glasgow, UK ( 3-5 Feb, 2011)
• ‘Renovating the Tango Sounds of Sex Sadness and Society: Astor Piazzolla’s Flute Works for Interpretation and Performance’, Paper presented at the Royal Musical Association Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Manchester, UK (13-15 January, 2011)
• ‘Five Ways for a Classical Musician to Approach Tango Performance’, Lecture presented at the University of Wyoming Laramie, (3 December 2010) and at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA (29 November 2010).
• ‘The Sounds of the Argentine Tango…for Classical Flautists’, Poster presented at the VITAE Conference, The Great Northern Museum, Newcastle upon-Tyne, UK (26 April, 2010)
• ‘Composing with the Times’, Lecture Recital presented at The Forum, Community College of Aurora, Colorado, USA (16 October 2007)

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

  • Winner, ‘The USA National Flute Association (NFA) Graduate Research Competition 2015’, for PhD thesis. From the NFA: “This award is given to a flutist who has made outstanding contributions to flute study and to expose fine new scholarly work.”
  • Awarded full PhD Scholarship for flute performance (£32,000) from the University of Huddersfield (2009-13)
  • Sponsored Guest Artist by Brannen Brothers Flute Makers at McNeese University, USA (£1,500) (2006-7)
  • Winner, ‘International Endowment Trust Scholarship’ (£25,000) for Mmus study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (2004-6)
  • Music and Academic Merit Scholarship ($28,000USD) from The University of Denver for BMus study in flute performance (1998-2002)
  • Finalist, Studio Teacher Fellowship Award for‘Outstanding American Studio Music Educator of the Year’, Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), USA (2003)
  • Finalist, Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Colorado, USA (2002)
  • Winner, Arizona Flute Society Young Artist Concerto Competition (1998)

FOUNDER

  • Boho Flute Retreats, Cornwall (www.bohofluteretreats.com), annual flute retreats given yearly.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

• British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE)
• Royal Musical Association UK (RMA)
• Incorporated Society of Musicians UK (ISM)
• British Flute Society (BFS)
• National Flute Association USA (NFA)
• College Music Society USA (CMS)