Jessica before her Kennedy Center performance
Jessica before her Kennedy Center performance

Jessica Dodge is a native Nevadan and Pacific Northwest based performer and teacher. She has performed across the US, as well as in Canada and Russia. Most recently, she won the 10th annual Reno Pops Orchestra Concerto Competition and will perform the Dubois Saxophone Concerto with the ensemble during their 2019 season. Notably, Jessica also performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as a winner of the VSA Competition in 2017. As and undergraduate at the University of North Texas, Jessica performed and recorded six CDs with the North Texas Wind Symphony, as well as performing with the ensemble at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

One of Jessica’s biggest interests is both the Russian language and Russian music. To that end, she spent her bachelor’s degree earning a minor in Russian and was awarded a research fellowship by the University of North Texas to study the saxophone and its emergence in Russia and the former Soviet Union. During the fall of 2017, Jessica spent three months studying at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia and took lessons with several well known Russian saxophonists including Nikita Zimin, Sergey Kolesov, and their teacher, Margarita Shaposhnikova.

In addition to solo performance and her interests in Russia, Jessica is passionate about collaborating with her fellow musicians. She has played for both the Millennium and Aries Saxophone Quartets, participating in masterclasses with artists like Dr. Eugene Rousseau and Dr. Julia Nolan. Also with these ensembles, Jessica worked with Mark Ford, Richard Carasco, and other composers to premier new works for the ensemble. Currently, Jessica performs in a clarinet/saxophone duo with clarinetist Bryce Newcomer and holds the soprano chair of the Nevada Saxophone Quartet. As a founding member of NSQ, Jessica has collaborated closely with Nevadan composers and musicians to expand the saxophone quartet repertoire and expose new audiences to the ensemble and instrument.

Jessica also loves sharing the musical and life lessons that saxophone has taught her with her students. While at UNT, Jessica taught a diverse studio of students ranging from beginners to graduating seniors. Her tenure in the Dallas/Fort Worth area saw her teach individual and group lessons, coach saxophone quartets, and conduct a saxophone choir. Many of her students made it to the region and area levels of the Texas All State Band system, others competed at the state solo and ensemble level, and still others have gone on to pursue degrees in music. Jessica is currently accepting students of all ages and skill levels in the greater Eugene area for fall of 2018.

Jessica graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s of music in performance in 2017. She holds memberships with the North American Saxophone Alliance, Mu Phi Epsilon international professional music fraternity, and Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honors society. Starting Fall 2018, Jessica will hold the graduate employee position for the saxophone studio with the University of Oregon while earning her masters under the mentorship of Dr. Idit Shner. When not playing the saxophone, Jessica can be found running, reading, or cuddling her 11 year old cairn terrier, Duckie.