Jessica is Acting Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She served as Acting Piccolo of the Kansas City Symphony in 2018-19 before moving to Atlanta, where she is now based. Jessica received her Master of Music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with Leone Buyse on a full scholarship. She graduated from Princeton University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and a Certificate of Music Performance, studying with Jayn Rosenfeld.
Jessica is the Principal Flutist of Breckenridge Music, a summer orchestra and chamber music festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. She has been the Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Piccoloist/2nd Flutist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. 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 is the new owner of her first horse, Raverti, who is her best pal. Jessica also loves cooking, reading, and hiking.