Currently based between Auckland and Waikato, Jessie is a composer, arranger, performer and musician with a diverse background in the arts. She has developed a versatile arts practice, which has seen her take part in a number of cross-disciplinary collaborations, gaining increasing recognition across the industry.
As recipient of the 2020-2021 SOUNZ Community Commission, Jessie collaborated with Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus to compose a new choral work for upper voices, Call of the Ocean, which premiered at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts in June 2021. She was also awarded the 2020 Douglas Mews Composition Prize for her choral work nunc dimittis, which was named as a finalist in the 25 & Under Category for the 2020 Compose Aotearoa! National Choral Composition Competition, and was a 2021 finalist in the Open Category. Recently, Jessie’s work convergency, for piano trio, was selected as a winning work for NZTrio’s 2021 Composing Competition AudioVisualise. She also had the privilege of being commissioned to create a new work, titled three reflections, for Creative Waikato’s 2021 Kotahitanga initiative, now exhibited at the University of Waikato.
Jessie holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Auckland, completed in 2021 under the supervision of Dr Leonie Holmes and Dr David Chisholm.
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