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 awarded the Douglas Mews Composition Prize for nunc dimittis, for double SATB choir, which was also a finalist in the 2020 Compose Aotearoa! National Choral Composition Competition. In July 2021 her work for SATB choir, Let My Country Awake, was premiered by Voices NZ Chamber Choir at the NZ Choral Federation’s biennial convention Choral Connect.
Coming up in 2021, Jessie’s work marble, bark, silver, for chamber orchestra, will be workshopped at the APO Our Voice Readings, and convergency, for piano trio, will be workshopped by NZTrio as part of their AudioVisualise Competition. She is also working on a commission for Auckland-based chamber choir Cantorum to be premiered in December.
Jessie holds a BMus(Hons) in Composition with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and will graduate this year with a master’s degree, under the supervision of Dr Leonie Holmes and Dr David Chisholm.
Visit Jessie’s SOUNZ Composer profile here.