Music teacher Jessica Sammis enjoys a varied career as a performer and educator. Jessica has taught string players for over 14 years. She holds degrees in cello performance from Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music; Jessica is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in music education at George Mason University. She has attended at the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.
An accomplished classical cellist, Jessica was a member of the U.S. Army Strings and assistant principal cellist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Jessica is currently a member of Sound Impact, a music non-profit dedicated to igniting change through music.
In addition to the cello, Jessica is an avid ukulele player and teacher. She has found the accessibility, ease, joy, and community culture of the instrument to be the perfect balance to her classical training. Jessica is the creator of Little Ukes®, a play-based ukulele curriculum for kids, ages 4 and up. She has taught the Little Ukes® method to hundreds of young students online and in-person.
Jessica lives in Virginia with her husband, children, and many musical instruments.
Photo by Jennifer White Johnson.