Having immersed herself in music and storytelling from a young age, Jessie has developed a versatile arts practice which is receiving increasing recognition across the industry. Her experience includes composing and songwriting for theatre and screen, arranging, live performance, and mentoring young creatives, along with a number of exciting cross-disciplinary collaborations.
2020 saw Jessie selected as the recipient of the SOUNZ Community Commission, to compose a new a cappella work for women’s choir in collaboration with the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus. She was also awarded the University of Auckland’s Douglas Mews Composition Prize for her choral work Nunc Dimittis. Earlier in the year Jessie undertook a collaborative project with NZ-based playwright and author Frances Steinberg, to compose the score for the new children’s play Old School. Her other collaborative theatre project, full-length original musical Take Back The Universe, was selected to be featured in the inaugural NZ Music Theatre Company ‘Music Theatre Unleashed’ concert at the Civic Theatre in Auckland in 2019, an event showcasing exclusively Kiwi original theatre works. Both projects are working towards their onstage debuts.
Jessie was a finalist in the 2018 NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards, and had her orchestral piece the wilds performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, conducted by Hamish McKeich.
2021 will see Jessie complete her master’s degree in composition at the University of Auckland, under the supervision of Drs. Leonie Holmes and David Chisholm.
Visit Jessie’s SOUNZ Composer profile here.