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- Oberlin College, Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Oberlin College, Bachelor of Music in Music
The Juilliard School, Master of Music in Performance
Jessica Pearlman currently holds the position of principal oboe of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. Ms. Pearlman moved to Southern California after completing her Master of Music degree in 2009 at The Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas, Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz, all of the Metropolitan Opera. While in New York, she performed and toured with some of the city's most esteemed ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. She was a member of the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival Orchestra from 2007-2009, participating in two international tours led by Charles Dutoit and Ludovic Morlot and working in the summer under such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. As a soloist Ms. Pearlman has been featured with the San Jose Chamber Symphony, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Mansfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra where she also served as principal oboe during the 2005-2006 season. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Pearlman has performed with Orli Shaham on the Pacific Symphony’s prestigious Café Ludwig Chamber Music Series and tours regularly with her innovative New York-based chamber group SHUFFLE Concert.
Ms. Pearlman hails from Half Moon Bay, CA where she studied oboe and violin and performed in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and with her local community orchestra. Her continued study of music and science brought her to Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she earned a B.M. under the tutelage of the late James Caldwell as well as a B.A. in neuroscience, as a pre-med student. Her summer research in brain tumor models conducted at Johns Hopkins University was presented at the 2006 conference of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Ms. Pearlman is a dedicated and passionate teacher. She served as a secondary oboe teacher to undergraduate students while at Oberlin College and Yale University (where she spent the first year of graduate school), and in 2006 served as woodwind professor for the Associaciòn Nacional de Conciertos youth music festival in Panamà. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Long Beach City College since 2010 and in addition to Chapman University will be joining the faculty at Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College and California State University, Fullerton in Fall 2013, in addition to maintaining a large private teaching studio. Equally adept at the English horn, Ms. Pearlman has been an audition finalist for English horn positions of many of the nation’s finest orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony and San Diego Symphony. She currently resides in Long Beach, California with her rescue dog, Nadia.