Faculty & Staff
Jessica Phillips won the position of second and E-Flat clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2001. She has also performed as acting principal clarinet in the MET Orchestra, a position she filled from 2014–16, 2011–13, and the 2003–04 season. In 2013, her chair at the Metropolitan Opera was endowed by Ruth and Harvey Miller.
Phillips has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Luke’s Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Santa Fe Opera, St. Bart’s Music Festival, American Symphony Orchestra, EOS Orchestra, DiCapo Opera, at Caramoor, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Bard Music Festival, and the Music Festival of the Hamptons. In addition, she has performed on numerous movie soundtrack recordings and commercials. Phillips has served on the faculties of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
An active chamber musician, Phillips has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, including performances with the MET Chamber Ensemble and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival.
Phillips has performed in recital and master classes at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Lisbon International Clarinet Meeting in Portugal, at the International Woodwind Festival, and at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarFest in Madrid, Japan, and Canada.
Phillips graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Ricardo Morales and David Weber. She serves on the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Columbia University, and The Juilliard School, specializing in E-Flat clarinet. She is a Backun and a Silverstein Artist.