Jessica Harned has been fortunate to begin her career in Boise, Idaho. She first became a member of the Boise Philharmonic in 2016, and since, has performed with ensembles including Boise Baroque, Opera Idaho, McCall Summer Symphony, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and along with Mariachi Sol de Acapulco, won the Governor’s Award for Musical Excellence in 2018.
To Jessica, education is of the utmost importance. In 2020, Jessica received her Master’s degree from Boise State, after having won the Boise Philharmonic Graduate Quartet Fellowship. This experience emboldened her to speak up about the life and experiences of the BIPOC community within classical music. In 2019, she won an Alexa Rose Foundation grant, which offered her support to further her reach in this area. While enjoying her time fostering conversation about representation in classical music, on the radio, in the classroom, and within her own work, Jessica also delights in cultivating a space for growth and empowerment in her established violin/piano studio.
Outside of her performance life, Jessica enjoys being creative and experiencing music in diverse musical spaces. She regularly collaborates with composers, creates music videos, and has recorded and performed with various bands and jazz ensembles. One of her favorite experiences was collaborating with the local band Regular Sounds and bringing life to the music of the Electric Light Orchestra.
Understanding that her career is multi-faceted, and being very proud of that, Jessica believes that this diverse path has helped her become the musician and person she is today, and she is looking forward to seeing what the future holds. In the meantime, you’ll find Jessica traveling, cooking, reading Afro-futurist SiFi, and enjoying great conversation.