Jessica French is a Seattle-based composer, soprano, and music educator. As a composer, she specializes in sacred and secular choral music. Her works have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles including Seattle Pro Musica, Northwest Girlchoir, Choral Arts Northwest, Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Chorosynthesis, Kantorei of Kansas City, and the American Creators Chorus at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. Her music has been featured at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, including St. James Cathedral, St. Mark’s Cathedral, and Meany Hall in Seattle; the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah; and at the 2015 Washington ACDA Summer Institute.
French has a rare neurological ability called synesthesia in which the senses of the brain are linked to one another, mainly in the form of colors associated with notes, timbres, and words. This ability lends a singularly unique voice to her writing style. Her compositions are available through The French Press and MusicSpoke.
As a soprano, she sings with Choral Arts Northwest (CANW) in Seattle, which recently had the honor of performing for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House in December 2015. She is a section leader for the Women’s Schola at St. James Cathedral in Seattle and sings with St. James’ professional vocal ensemble, Cantorei. Her voice can also be heard on various video game and movie soundtracks.
As a music educator, French currently serves as the Director of Music at St. George Catholic School in Seattle, where she teaches music to pre-k through sixth grade students and directs the school’s Dragon Singers, who are responsible for providing music for weekly masses at St. George Parish.
She received her foundational training in music while attending the Madeleine Choir School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been interviewed by local and national media, including Northwest Focus Live on King FM, Seattle; the Salt Lake Tribune; and the National Catholic Reporter. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Yale University. Currently, she focuses her musical activities on composition, choral singing, directing children’s choirs, and teaching music.