Jessica Speak

Jessica Speak

Adjunct Professor of Music, Clarinet

There is no separation between what makes us great people and great musicians. I believe that creating an open and supportive work environment is the path to great musical achievement.

  • M.M., clarinet performance, SUNY Purchase College, 2005
  • BM, clarinet, Stetson University, 2002

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Course Sampling

  • Applied Clarinet
  • Chamber Music
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Pedagogy for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Techniques for the Clarinet
  • Clarinet Pedagogy
  • Clarinet Performance
  • Chamber Music

Biography

Jessica Speak, a freelance musician in Central Florida, joined the faculty at Stetson in 2012. She performs regularly with area orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Bach Festival Orchestra, Walt Disney World Orchestra, Southern Winds Symphonic Band, and the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Orlando Wind Quintet, the Sunshine Clarinet Quartet and 421 Duo. She has a special interest in new music especially chamber and unaccompanied works for clarinet. Jessica has commissioned and premiered several works with the Sunshine Clarinet Quartet and the 421 Duo from composers such as Baljinder Sekhon and Keith Lay. Her interest in extended techniques for clarinet has led her to research and perform the unaccompanied works of Eric Mandat. She has performed at the 2013, 2017, and 2018 International Clarinet Association's summer festival, Clarinetfest®. Jessica received her M.M. in clarinet performance from SUN Y Purchase College ('05) and BM in clarinet performance from Stetson University ('02). Jessica will complete her doctoral studies in woodwind performance at Florida State University in 2020. Her area of research is the pedagogy of Eric Mandat. Her primary teachers include Deborah Bish, Ayako Oshima Neidich, and Lynn Musco. In addition to her performing, Jessica's responsibilities at Stetson University include teaching applied clarinet, pedagogy for winds and percussion, conducting the clarinet choir, and coaching various woodwind chamber ensembles. She also maintains an active private studio, presents solo recitals and master classes, and serves as an adjudicator for various events sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association.

Research

  • Clarinet Pedagogy
  • Unaccompanied Clarinet works of Eric Mandat