Biography

Described as “graceful and athletic” by The New York Times and an “intrepid entrepreneurial player” by New York Magazine, Jessica Schmitz leads a multi-faceted career as a flutist, producer, and educator.

As a flutist, Jessica performs with diverse range of ensembles playing a sweeping scope of musical genres.  A founding member of Signal Ensemble and Asphalt Orchestra, she also frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician with Bang on a Can, So Percussion, Wordless Music, Red Baraat, Alarm Will Sound, Argento, and Sequitur, among others, at venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Metropolitan Museum of Art; London’s Barbican Center; Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts; Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall; Chicago’s Symphony Center; Washington DC’s Library of Congress; Berlin’s Berliner Philharmonie; and the United States Embassy in Mexico City.

An avid proponent of contemporary music, Jessica has collaborated with a leading roster of composers and performance artists of our time including John Adams, John Luther Adams, Louis Andriessen, David Byrne, eighth blackbird, Michael Gordon, Kronos Quartet, David Lang, Lee Renaldo (Sonic Youth) Yoko Ono, Steve Reich, Stew (Passing Strange), St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Julia Wolfe.  She has been a guest artist in festivals and conferences including Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and White Light Festivals; TEDWomen Conference; Beijing Modern Music Festival; Ojai Music Festival; Burlington Jazz Festival; Ottawa Chamberfest; Krakow’s Unsound Festival; and Berlin’s Märzmusik.

As a winner of the Artists International Competition, Jessica gave her New York debut recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall in spring of 2007.  She has also won the Chicago Flute Competition, Cincinnati Symposium Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Competition.  She is a recording artist for Cantaloupe Music, Mode Records, and Orange Mountain Music.

An active producer, Jessica has partnered with several international organizations to bring experimental music to the masses.  In this capacity, she has worked with Warsaw Autumn, Wordless Music, Lincoln Center, Bang on a Can, MATA, Juilliard, Polish Cultural Institute, Yale’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Goethe Institute, Unsound Festival, New York University, Chelsea Art Museum, The Drawing Center, The Tank, Electronic Music Foundation, and the Romanian Cultural Institute.  She is also a contributing writer to The Huffington Post: Arts & Culture.

Jessica is a summa cum laude graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University.  Equally at home in the classroom, Jessica is on faculty at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, and has taught group and private lessons at New York University, and Manhattan School of Music’s Educational Outreach department.

Dedicated to community outreach, Jessica is an adoptions volunteer with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, and was a September 11th respite volunteer with the Red Cross and Salvation Army.