I’m Jessica King, DMA, the contrabassoonist and second bassoonist for Central New York’s professional symphony orchestra, Symphoria. I enjoy performing new music and chamber music, improvising, and exploring music of other cultures. Among my teachers are John Hunt at Eastman, and Lynn Hileman and Terry Ewell at West Virginia University.
I’m proud to serve on Symphoria’s Executive Board and the board of the AFM Local 78.* Some of my notable accomplishments include premiering works at Carnegie Hall with Broadband, performing excerpts from my lecture recital: Electroacoustic Works for Bassoon as part of Symphoria’s Music of Machines concert, playing two concertos with the West Virginia University Orchestra, and regular performances of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire with Symphoria.
I am a founding member of New Leaf Ensemble, an improvising chamber music collective. Along with Emlyn Johnson, flutist and co-founder of Music in the American Wild, I started Sunset Concerts, Rochester, NY’s summer chamber music series. I’ve played for Syracuse Society for New Music, New Music on the Point, Eastman’s Music Nova, and Ossia, for which I also served on the Executive Board. I sang in Eastman’s Schola Cantorum and for the industrial band Beloved Dead, and I used to play in old time and bluegrass jams when I lived in West Virginia. I play on a Fox 601 #20395 and a Heckel Gold Brass bocal. The contra that I play on is a wily beast owned by CNY Arts; it is Fox #20.
When I’m not playing bassoon I love to garden and read non-fiction and science fiction. I’m a dilettante artist, writer, and record collector. I live with my supportive husband Mark, grumpy old kitty Schnarf, and teeny hamster ward Angstrom.
For those who are interested, I’ve attached my credentials:
*If you’re curious about the apparent conflict of interest here, ask me about it! I’d love to tell you about what’s going on in the classical music scene in Syracuse.