Jessie is a composer, arranger and musician based in Auckland, with a diverse background in the arts. Her work ranges from composing for theatre and score editing for the Silver Scrolls, to contracting as a cruise ship piano bar performer and tutoring young students in piano, voice, composition and songwriting.
In 2018 Jessie was selected as a finalist for the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards, and had her orchestral piece the wilds recorded and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington. In 2019 her collaborative musical theatre project Take Back The Universe, with composer/playwright Marlon Richards, was featured in the inaugural NZ Music Theatre Company ‘Music Theatre Unleashed’ concert at the Civic Theatre in Auckland, an event showcasing exclusively Kiwi original theatre works.
Other notable projects include a recent commission to write the score for a new children’s play ‘Old School’, from NZ author and playwright Frances Steinberg, which will be heading to the stage in 2021. Jessie was also a composer for the documentary ‘Birds of a Feather’ by Working Edge Productions, which was a Silver Award Winner for the Spotlight Film Documentary Awards (2015) and an official selection for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (2016).
Jessie holds a BMus(Hons) in Composition with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. She is currently studying a Masters degree in Composition, with mentoring from John Coulter, Leonie Holmes and David Chisholm, due to be completed in 2021.