• Composer, Performer, Educator

    “…fierce and lyrical.”

    The Strad


Ms. Meyer’s compositions explore the wide palette of expressive colors available to each instrument while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist. Recent commissions include a work for the Nautilus Brass Quintet as the composer in residence at the 2016 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie Hall debut. Upcoming commissions include works for cellist Amanda Gookin, flutist/dancer Zara Lawler, the PUBLIQuartet, and NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner.


As a soloist and member of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola internationally – expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works while also composing her own. On her debut solo CD, Meyer uses pedal-triggered electronics to create an virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola and voice. Drawing from wide-ranging influences which include Bach, Brahms, Delta blues, Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling, Meyer’s music takes audience members on a journey through joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion. Her solo show has been featured at iconic NYC Clubs such as Joe’s Pub and SubCulture, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and in Paris at Sunset Sunside.


Known for her inspirational workshops, Ms. Meyer empowers fellow musicians with networking, communication, entrepreneurial, and pedagogical skills so they can be the best advocates for their own careers. Her sessions have been featured at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, for the TAs of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music, the Longy School of Music, NYU, the Chamber Music America Conference, and also works as a education consultant/clinician for Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School.

What people are saying…

…two of the festival’s most alluring programs are recitals by string players who also compose.

The New York Times

Most notable of all, though, is Meyer’s bravura playing…

The Strad

‘Forgiveness’ for bass clarinet and loop pedal, by Jessica Meyer…made the strongest impact…resulting here in an evocative dialogue.

The New York Times

An intriguingly vivid new solo electroacoustic album…Meyer often creates the effect of a one-woman orchestra…

Lucid Culture

…truly inspires and lead us to be our best selves.

Heidi CastlemanViola Faculty of The Juilliard School

Meyer is a talented composer…reaching for something new and unknown.

NY Classical Review
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