Adjunct Artist Teacher of Violin
Jessica Blackwell has been a member of the Nashville Symphony since 2009. She also serves as a concertmaster for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, and from 2011-18 served as a concertmaster for the Nashville Philharmonic.
Blackwell completed her studies in 2009 at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where she received a graduate performance diploma. The previous year, she received her master’s degree in performance and pedagogy from Peabody, where she was a student of Pamela Frank and studied string pedagogy with Rebecca Henry. Blackwell received her bachelor of music in performance in 2006 at Rice University, where she studied with Sergiu Luca.
Music festivals Blackwell has participated in include Tanglewood Music Festival, where she served as a concertmaster; Britten-Pears Programme in Aldeburgh, England; National Repertory Orchestra Festival; National Orchestral Institute; Bowdoin Music Festival; and ENCORE. Blackwell has also been a member of Grand Teton Music Festival, where she played from 2010-16.
Blackwell is currently active in the Nashville Symphony’s education and community engagement programs and is a faculty member in the Symphony’s Accelerando initiative. Since 2009, Blackwell has served as an artist-teacher of violin at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.