Jessica Sherer Portrait

Jessica Sherer

Assistant Professor of Flute

  • Doctor of Music
    Florida State University
Jessica Sherer is Assistant Professor of Flute at Valdosta State University. Prior to coming to VSU, she served on the faculties of Emory University and Agnes Scott College. She also ran a large and successful pre-college studio, with her students consistently earning competition prizes and positions in all major Atlanta youth orchestras and GMEA All-State Ensembles; attended prestigious summer programs, including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Orfeo Music Festival; and pursued additional study at the Oberlin Conservatory, Florida State University, Tennessee Tech University, and more. Dr. Sherer is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival (est. 2012), a seven-day residential music festival for middle and high school musicians, in residence at Emory University. A long-time advocate of social justice through music, Dr. Sherer founded the Play It Forward Scholarship Program, Inc., a nonprofit which provides private lesson scholarships in exchange for hour-for-hour volunteer work, for which she won the 2016 National Flute Association Arts Venture competition. She served as the Flute Teaching Artist for the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema organization providing intensive music training for children in underserved communities, from its inception in 2010 until 2015, and she represented AMP as a speaker at the 2012 TEDx Centennial Park Women conference. Dr. Sherer is principal flutist with Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast, piccoloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, second flutist with the Albany Symphony, and performs regularly with orchestras throughout the Southeast, including the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Greenville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Dr. Sherer holds a D.M. from Florida State University, a M.M. from the Longy School of Music, and a B.M. from Boston University.

    jesherer@valdosta.edu

    Music Annex 1002