Australian conductor Jessica Gethin has won praise from audiences and critics alike for her dynamic energy, outstanding musicianship and abounding presence on the podium. A graduate from the exclusive Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, Jessica was awarded a podium scholarship to study under internationally renowned conductors working for five years with the Adelaide, Queensland, Victorian, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Jessica has performed on stages throughout Europe, USA, UK, Canada, Asia and Australia, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree where she won the Faith Court Scholarship Prize for Performance. Experiencing a diverse background working in genres ranging from baroque, classical, jazz, opera, musical theatre, contemporary, film score and pop, Jessica has recorded for numerous CDs, television documentaries, live broadcasts for ABC radio and television commercials. Recognised for her ability to excel across a variety of styles, Jessica leads the way in directing collaborations featuring popular and contemporary artists with the full symphony orchestra, conducting shows including the Australian Rock Symphony (Chrissy Amphlette/Diesel/Baby Animals: Australian Tour 2010), Ten Tenors (Live in Australia: 2009) and the Worlds Festival Closing Concert with Lucy Durack (Dec 2011) to conducting orchestral proms including New Years Eve’s ‘Vienna Pops’ and ‘Best of British’ at the Perth Concert Hall. Jessica has also conducted notable classical artists including acclaimed Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman and Australian soprano Sara Macliver. An energetic music educator with over ten years experience, Jessica is a popular children’s presenter, writer, arranger and conductor for organisations including WA Symphony Orchestra's EChO, Musica Viva In Schools Programme, WA Youth Orchestra's Babies Proms, Solo To Symphony and the WA Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University) where she currently lectures in conducting.
Press review comments from Jessica’s recent concerts include;
The Fremantle Chamber Orchestra was conducted by emerging talent Jessica Gethin… The choice of works and performance was excellent in every respect…blown away by the talent…. Please convey my acclamation and appreciation to the conductor and the members of the orchestra, emerging talents are not so much emerging as blossoming…… Conductor Jessica Gethin and the orchestra, clearly inspired their stellar soloist Rudolf Koelman, provided a splendidly supportive accompaniment. ……Jessica Gethin, the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, displayed her competence and acumen throughout the whole performance.