Jessica Phillips won her position at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 2001. Ms. Phillips graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a degree in Political Science and Music. While at Barnard, she was accepted into the joint music program with the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied clarinet under Ricardo Morales. Her other teachers include David Weber, Ted Oien, and Todd Levy.
She began her orchestral training as the youngest ever wind player accepted into the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, a group she performed with for eight years. She was also a featured artist on the PBS Documentary “A New World of Music” with the New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Tour to South America in 1995.Most recently, she performed as Guest Principal Clarinet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She performed Acting Principal Clarinet at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the 2003-2004, 2011-2013, as well as the 2014-2016 seasons.
In 2013, she received the tremendous honor of having her chair at the Metropolitan Opera
named by Ruth and Harvey Miller.
Throughout her freelance career she has worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, St. Luke’s Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, at the St. Bart’s Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Music Festival of the Hamptons, and the Aspen Music Festival. She served on the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, in 2012, and continues to serve on the faculty at the Verbier Festival
An active chamber musician, Ms. Phillips has performed in Carnegie Hall at Weill Recital Hall with the MET Chamber Ensemble and was invited to perform at the inauguration of Zankel Hall. She has also performed chamber music with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, to name a few.
Ms. Phillips performed as soloist with the Lincoln Symphony at the ClarinetFest
’12 in Nebraska, and has performed in recital and conducted master-classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium
, International Clarinet Association’s Clarinet Fest in Japan and Canada, Lisbon International Clarinet Meeting in Portugal, and at the International Woodwind Festival.
She can be heard on numerous “Live From Lincoln Center”
recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, including Principal on the Grammy Award winning recording of Wagner’s Gotterdammerung, on numerous commercial and major motion picture soundtracks, recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra
, as well as the most recent televised broadcasts with The All Star Orchestra
Ms. Phillips has worked closely with Backun Musical Services to promote and design products for E-Flat clarinet and she was an integral part of the formation of the Morales Backun (“MOBA”) products. Currently Ms. Phillips plays on Backun Lumière Grenadilla Clarinets, Backun Mouthpieces, Vandoren Reeds, and Silverstein Ligatures.
She currently serves on the faculty of the Mason Gross School for the Arts
at Rutgers University, at The Juilliard School
specializing in E-Flat Clarinet, and is also available for private lessons.