Jessica Smithorn, Principal Oboe

Jessica Smithorn, Principal Oboe

 Jessica Smithorn is the second oboist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, principal oboist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, a member of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet, as well as principal oboist of the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. She previously was the English hornist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and was an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Equally comfortable in leadership and section roles, Jessica has regularly appeared with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic (including a NAXOS recording project), Omaha Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and Cincinnati Ballet. She was also the oboist on a tour of Mexico with the Eastman Broadband Ensemble, a new music group dedicated to performing the music of Latinx composers.

Jessica studied at the Eastman School of Music with Richard Killmer; the College-Conservatory of Music with Mark Ostoich, Dwight Parry, and Chris Philpotts; and the University of Missouri-Kansas City with Barbara Bishop. When she’s not making reeds or practicing, Jessica enjoys baking, playing with her cats, and taking nature walks.