Having developed a versatile musical skill set, Jessie works across the creative industries in live music, arranging, coaching, composing for theatre and screen, and more.
2020 has seen Jessie selected as the recipient of the SOUNZ Community Commission, to compose a new SSAA a cappella work for womens’s choir in collaboration with the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus. Earlier this year she completed a commission from NZ playwright and author Frances Steinberg, to compose the score for new children’s play Old School. In 2018 Jessie was selected as a finalist for the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards, and had her orchestral piece the wilds workshopped and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, conducted by Hamish McKeich.
Jessie has made a name for herself in the barbershop and a cappella scene both in NZ and overseas, as a creator of learning resources and rehearsal tracks, and an emerging arranger of vocal music, and is currently a scholarship student in the Sweet Adelines International Arranging Certification Program. Having recently moved on from the role of national Young Women in Harmony Coordinator, Jessie is now team coordinator of the Young Singers in Harmony management team and has worked with the non-profit organisation since 2017, which sees hundreds of students across the country take part in regional contests and music workshops, and an annual national convention.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Composition with First Class Honours, Jessie is currently completing a master’s degree at the University of Auckland.
Visit Jessie’s SOUNZ Composer profile here.