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Jessica Foot (VIC) oboe

Jessica Foot began playing oboe at the age of 10, under the tutorage of Sue Taylor. She continued her studies with Anne Gilby, and with Eve Newsome whilst completing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004. During this time Jessica was awarded the Friends of the VCA Encouragement Award. Since 2006 she has been a scholarship holder in the Advanced Performance program of the Australian National Academy of Music, studying with Jeffrey Crellin.

Maintaining a strong interest in all types of performance, Jessica has performed as soloist with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Melbourne New Orchestra, and she has given recitals for the Music Lovers’ Society of Victoria since 2006. She was Principal Oboe with the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2006 and took part in the orchestra’s European tour in July 2007. She attended National Music Camp in 2005 and 2006, and has also played with Orchestra Victoria, the Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Melbourne Youth Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Jessica has been involved in a number of projects including AYO’s contemporary ensemble New Music Now and the ANAM Chamber Orchestra, who recorded Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No.1 for Melba Recordings. Throughout 2006-7 she was a member of the ANAM wind quintet Ensemble Bain-Nu, which performed the Schoenberg Wind Quintet at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in 2006, as well as taking part in the contemporary music series at the 2006 Melbourne Arts Festival.

Jessica has participated in lessons and masterclasses with prominent oboists in Australia and abroad, including Thomas Indermühle, Stefan Schilli, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Jacques Tys, and Diana Doherty. Through the support of AYO’s Dorothy Fraser Travelling Scholarship, she plans to continue her studies in Germany this year.