About the Artist
Jessica Myers is a versatile oboe and English horn player. She has thrived on a diverse career of fulfilling chamber music, freelance, and educational experiences. Highlights include playing at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Arts, Romero Britto Art Gallery, and the Palladium. Jessica has been the a founder member of a chamber group, KHAOS participated in the IMANI Winds Chamber Music festival. Dr. Myers has become a trained Wolf Trap teaching artist with Arts for Learning and is a respected area oboe and double reed educator.
Currently located in Fishers, Indiana, Dr. Myers acts as a freelance oboe and English horn player, Arts for Learning teaching artist, double reed, and private studio instructor. She is currently contracted as oboe and English horn player with Orchestra Indiana, and enjoys performing with a number of ensembles and orchestras throughout the year. Dr. Myers is a teaching artist and Wolf Trap teaching artist with Arts for Learning. Dr. Myers is a regular double reed educator at Fall Creek Intermediate and Riverside Intermediate. She is a regular oboe teacher at Hamilton Southeastern High School, Ben Davis High School, and Lawrence Central High School.
Dr. Myers was a founding member of the KHAOS Wind Quintet. KHAOS Wind Quintet is a diverse group of virtuosic female performers that are committed to supporting new music, captivating transcriptions, and meaningful community engagement. Founded at the University of Miami, KHAOS was mentored by prolific composer Valerie Coleman, who is a founding IMANI Winds member and a continuously rising composer with a nationwide reputation. Performances have taken venues such as Gusman Concert Hall, Britto Romero Art Gallery, and Fairchild Botanical Gardens. Commissions for the group have been written by Zach Gulaboff David and Patrick Thompson. KHAOS Wind Quintet has performed at the Frost Women's Conductors Symposium, Puerto Rico Flute Symposium, NACWPI digital 2020 conference, and NACWPI 2021 conference in Denton, TX.
During her time in New York City, she was an active member of the International House Community and served her fellow residents as an Artist-In-Residence and as a Resident Fellow. In this post Dr. Myer’s strengthened skills of empathy and the social and academic integration of an internationally diverse group of students.
Dr. Myers devoted a great amount of time into her passion of education both to oboists and double reed players alike. She has had the pleasure of teaching young oboists at the Butler Summer Oboe Camp, Butler Community Arts School, and Meridian Music in Indianapolis, Indiana. Previously she has worked as a double reed educator at the South Madison School Corporation and Music for the Sake of Music.
Musical research has always been an interest of Jessica’s. She was selected for the Butler Summer Research Institute, where her research was then presented at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference. Since then she has presented on the work of Thea Musgrave’s Niobe at the Music by Women Festival in Mississippi, and has had a double reed education blog publication on the National Association for Music Educators website. Her doctoral essay is titled “Preparation Guide for Oboe Opera Excerpts.” This guide combines research as well as input and advice from professional opera oboists across the country into a guide with annotations for popular required opera excerpts.
Dr. Myers completed her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Florida studying with Professor Robert Weiner. She was the oboe studio teaching assistant and Henry Mancini Fellow. Jessica’s prior private teachers include Sherry Sylar, Robert Weiner, Dr. Lisa Kozenko, Jennifer Christen, and Malcolm W. Smith. She obtained her bachelor’s in music performance with a minor in psychology from Butler University, master’s in music performance from the Mannes College of Music, and Artist Diploma from Ball State University while acting as the graduate teaching assistant. During her time at Ball State she also took bassoon lessons with Dr. Sweger.