Jessica Banks serves as the Flute Instructor at Mississippi State University, as well as the director of the MSU flute choir. Ms. Banks received a Bachelor in Music Education and Bachelor in Flute Performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea, OH. Ms. Banks also holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where she is currently working towards a Doctorate in Flute. Her principal teachers include Thomas Robertello, George Pope, Kathryn Thomas-Umble, and Sheri Larson. While at Indiana University, Ms. Banks served as an Associate Instructor of flute, teaching secondary flute lessons and a technique class for flute majors. In addition to her flute studies, Ms. Banks completed minors in Baroque flute under the guidance of Barbara Kallaur and Music Theory.
An avid orchestral performer, Ms. Banks is the principal flutist for the Starkville Symphony Orchestra and piccolo/2nd flutist with the North Mississippi Orchestra. Additionally she has performed with the Alabama Symphony, Delta Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Evansville Symphony Orchestra.
Dedicated to the continued availability of a comprehensive music education for all, Ms. Banks supports music programs in the region by making frequent visits to high schools and middle schools. Throughout the past year Ms. Banks has visited schools in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Other learning opportunities for students are available through Ms. Banks' Instagram/Twitter (@bachnbaseball) and YouTube (Mississippi State Department of Music) accounts.