Jess Hall is an energetic woodwind specialist based in Brisbane. She performs as a flautist, clarinettist, and saxophonist in a range of concerts across Brisbane and works as a private woodwind teacher.
After achieving an Associate Diploma in flute performance in her home town of Toowoomba Jess moved to Brisbane to begin her studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).
Performing with QCGU Wind Orchestra
There she completed a Bachelor of Music in flute performance, studying with Virginia Taylor, renowned Australian flautist. While completing these studies Jess received the Victoria Chalmers Education Award and had the chance to perform a variety of music including chamber music, classical orchestral music, premiers of new compositions, and performing in the band for musical theatre productions. Musical theatre has always been a passion for Jess and these shows inspired her to pursue woodwind doubling, taking up clarinet and saxophone. She learned these instruments in a Graduate Certificate program at QCGU, studying with Paul Dean (clarinet) and Diana Tolmie (saxophone). After a year of learning she performed recitals on both instruments and received a Griffith Award for Academic Excellence.
Since graduating, Jess has kept her passion for performing and for musical theatre alive, working with various companies around Brisbane. She is the principal flautist for Cadenza Chamber Players, an emerging professional chamber ensemble. With this group she plays classical symphonies, operas, and musical theatre shows and concerts, with the highlight being performing as a soloist with the orchestra. In between these shows Jess uses her saxophone and clarinet skills performing as a woodwind doubler with local musical theatre companies. She also enjoys putting on a recital each year to continue developing her skills and discovering new music.
Soloist performance with Cadenza Chamber Players
Jess is an experienced woodwind teacher and loves to pass her skills on to the next generation of musicians. She teaches private woodwind lessons at various schools across the Brisbane south side and at her home studio. In these lessons she is passionate about creating a fun and encouraging environment to help her students thrive.
2020 was a challenging year for the arts, but Jess is excited to be able to share live music with the community again in 2021.