Praised for her “impressive clarity and color” by the New York Times, soprano Jessica Petrus is passionate about performing and teaching chamber music to all ages. Jessica’s 2018-2019 includes many return appearances with groups both locally and nationally. This fall, she is the soprano soloist in Polish new music composer, Emil Wojtacki’s Compline (Ángeloi) with New-York based Cantata Profana at the MATA Festival. She will also perform as soloist in Polish baroque works with the Charlottesville-based ensemble, Three Notch’d Road. Other notable solo performances this season include joining Musicians Of The Old Post Road for her third season, the soprano soloist with Emmanuel Music in Bach’s Easter Oratorio in April, as well as a featured soprano and guest clinician at the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival in Berea, OH. She will also collaborate this year with Shelter Music Boston, True Concord, and Skylark Ensemble, among others.
A devoted chamber musician, Jessica repertory interests span a wide range from the medieval to the present. In 2017, Jessica and violinist Jacob Ashworth’s recent recording of Susan Kander’s “A Garden’s Time Piece” on the composer’s album, Hermestänz, (MSR Classics, 2017) garnered praise from Gramophone Magazine: “Ashworth and Jessica Petrus play and sing expressively and knowingly throughout.” In 2016, Jessica performed Unsuk Chin’s whimsical Akrostischon-Wortspiel with Kettle Corn New Music and Cantata Profana in NYC, where she “sang beautifully, with strict control and expressive musicality, telling each phantom story with charming resolve” (I Care If You Listen).
Jessica is also the founder of Skylark Spotlight Series, a recital series in its third season that highlights the individual chamber talents of Skylark musicians in the greater Boston area. She is also a passionate teacher and teaches voice privately to students locally and has taught voice at Choate Rosemary Hall and with the Yale Glee Club. She is a graduate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in voice and received her undergraduate in Voice Performance and Education at the University of Michigan. When not singing, she can be found trying out a new recipe in her kitchen, or hiking in the Boston area with her husband, Evan, and son, Will. www.jessicapetrussoprano.com.