Jessica Shand, originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a Boston-based flutist. In 2018, Jessica attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she studied under and played alongside Mark Sparks and Nadine Asin. Previously, in the summers of 2016 and 2017, Jessica performed as a flutist with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, participating in tours to Latin America and Europe under the batons of Marin Alsop, Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach. Highlights on tour included mentoring students from other ensembles and helping build bridges with musicians and communities in seven different countries. During a recording of NYO-USA for From the Top show #343, Jessica was a featured solo artist, performing the Feld Sonata for Flute and Piano with pianist Christopher O’Riley. Jessica was a semifinalist in the 2018 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition after winning its High School Soloist competition and the Deveau Scholarship for the best performance of a newly commissioned work in 2017. She was also a 2017 National YoungArts week finalist, won the 2016 Music Teachers National Association senior woodwinds division competition, and is a member of the 2017-2018 artist roster for the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado. She has performed as the winner of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Pikes Peak Philharmonic, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra concerto competitions. Recently, Jessica has served as a board member, producer, and principal flutist for the Harvard College Opera, one of the only opera groups in the U.S. to boast an entirely undergraduate cast and production team. She has also been a research contributor for the Harvard University Department of Psychology’s Natural History of Song project. Currently pursuing an A.B. in applied mathematics at Harvard University and an M.M. in flute performance at the New England Conservatory, Jessica is a member of the flute studio of Paula Robison. Other teachers include Claire Chase and Brook Ferguson. Jessica Shand is a Wm. S. Haynes Co. International Young Artist.