Flutist, Performer, & Teacher
Jessica Petrasek is an Atlanta- based flutist. She received her Master of Music in 2013 from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with Leone Buyse on a full scholarship. Jessica graduated from Princeton University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and a Certificate of Music Performance, studying with Jayn Rosenfeld. She is the Artist Affiliate in Flute at Georgia State University's School of Music.
Jessica has served as Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony, Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo of the Colorado Music Festival, Piccolo and Utility Flute of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Flute of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Piccolo/2nd Flute of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She is currently Solo Flutist of the BreckCreate Breckenridge Institute of Fine Arts. In the summer of 2018, Jessica was awarded the "Best Performance of a Newly Commissioned Work" prize at the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. In 2013, she earned Third Prize in the same competition.
As a teenager, Jessica was a NFAA YoungARTS Silver Award Winner and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, resulting in a solo performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She was a Miyazawa Flutes Emerging Artist from 2008-2013, and currently plays both on her 14k Miyazawa and her platinum Powell. She also performs on her Sankyo alto flute and Hammig piccolo.
Jessica has received additional training at several summer festivals, including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she met her husband, Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Joe Petrasek. Jessica and Joe perform together as the Petrasek Duo, and have given recitals and masterclasses at several universities.
Jessica's biggest passion outside of the flute is horseback riding. She loves working with horses as much as she can, and volunteers with the Atlanta Mounted Police Department, where she helps exercise and train police horses. She and her horse, Raverti, compete in the sport of Eventing. Jessica also loves cooking, reading, and hiking. She shares all of these passions with her young daughter.