Jessica Shand ’21 grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has performed as principal flutist with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA under the batons of Marin Alsop, Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach. During a recording of NYO-USA for From the Top’s Show #343, Jessica was a featured solo artist, playing the Feld Sonata for Flute and Piano with pianist Christopher O’Riley. 

Shand won the National Flute Association’s 2017 High School Soloist Competition and the Deveau Scholarship for the best performance of a newly commissioned work. She was also a 2017 National YoungArts week finalist, won the 2016 Music Teachers National Association senior woodwinds division competition, placed fourth in the Montgomery Symphony’s Blount-Slawson concerto competition and is a member of the 2017-2018 artist roster for the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado. Jessica is a Wm. S. Haynes Co. International Young Artist. 

Currently pursuing a B.A. (undeclared) and an M.M. in flute performance at Harvard College and the New England Conservatory, Jessica is a member of the flute studio of Paula Robison. Other major influences include her former teacher, Brook Ferguson, and Harvard professor Claire Chase.