Jess has a bachelor's and master's in voice and voice pedagogy, has taught voice and voice pedagogy at the college level since 2007, and has been a professional collaborative pianist since age 12. In addition to two classical voice degrees, she has specific training in working with CCM (non-classical) singers. She's fully certified in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method and is a teaching assistant at the CCM Voice Pedagogy Institute, where she studied for 7 years. She has in-depth training in vocal health and vocal function that allows her to work with more extreme ends of the singer spectrum, including injured voices and professional voices. She's a member of NATS, The Voice Foundation, ACDA, APME, and NAfME, and is a certified advanced voice teacher in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.
As the daughter of a high school choir director, Jessica is particularly passionate about helping teachers get the tools they need to keep themselves and their singers in good mental and vocal shape. She presents at conferences for music educators and voice teachers across the country on the topics of vocal health, creating effective exercises and warm-ups for choirs, teaching popular and commercial singing styles, and more. She also runs the free website Commercial Voice Resources, which empowers teachers who work with singers in popular and commercial styles through articles, a teacher directory, research database, and much more.