B.M. (Middle Tennessee State); M.M. (Florida State); D.M.A. (Maryland - College Park)
Adjunct Artist Teacher of Flute
Jessica Dunnavant is an active and dedicated teacher of precollege flute students in the Nashville area and a performing flutist and Baroque flutist. She has held teaching appointments at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Middle Tennessee State University, teaching flute and Baroque flute as well as a variety of academic classes. In the Nashville area, she has taught flute and piano for Belmont Academy and she works with many flute students in the public schools.
Dunnavant is a member of the Jackson Symphony in West Tennessee, and she has performed as an extra with the Paducah, Nashville, Tallahassee, and Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras. An avid early musician, she is flutist and recorder player with Music City Baroque, along with her work as personnel manager for the group. As a chamber musician, she was invested in the founding of Traverso Colore Baroque Flute Ensemble and, with saxophonist Paula Van Goes, the Greenbrook Ensemble. She has performed at National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago and Washington, D.C. as a soloist and chamber musician, and she is featured with Van Goes on the Greenbrook Ensemble's self-titled album. Several of her arrangements for flute and saxophone that were inspired by the Greenbrook Ensemble are published by Dorn Publications.
Dunnavant is a longtime board member of the Mid-South Flute Society, finishing a double term as president in April 2017. She holds degrees from Middle Tennessee State University, Florida State University, and the University of Maryland, and her teachers were Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, Charles DeLaney, and William Montgomery. She is the editor of the Flute Examiner newsletter, and in her limited spare time, she enjoys keeping a vegetable garden and reading fiction of all kinds.