Jessica Morel is serving in her first season as the Assistant Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony. She leads the Discovery Concerts for Kids, the Mary Starling Educational Concerts, selected Plugged-In-Pops Concerts, and covers for Music Director, Robert Moody. She is also the Music Director of the Youth Orchestras Program.
Prior to coming to Winston-Salem, Morel was the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville (Indiana) and Conductor of the Lollipops Concert Series with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Named a winner of the 2014 International Conductors’ Workshop and Competition in Atlanta, Morel served as the Assistant Conductor for the 2015 Hot Springs Music Festival, where she worked closely with Music Director, Peter Bay. Additionally, she has studied and conducted at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop, the Eastern Music Festival with Gerard Schwarz, the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Canada with Arthur Arnold, and the Atlantic Music Festival with David Amado. Her professional orchestra appearances include the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Abilene Philharmonic, the Plano Symphony, the Gwinnett Chamber Symphony, and the North Czech Philharmonic. Continued…
While living in Texas, Morel’s conducting positions included Assistant Conductor with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, Opera Conductor at Texas Woman’s University, and Graduate Assistant Conductor at the University of North Texas. An enthusiastic supporter of new music, Morel conducted UNT’s NOVA Contemporary Music Ensemble for two years, and founded and directed the UNT Pierrot Ensemble Project, a concert that inspired student composers to write works specifically for Pierrot Ensemble. She also directed the US premiere of Ivo Medek’s opera, Věc Cage.
Originally from Los Angeles, Morel earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, where she studied flute with Kathryn Lukas, and her Master’s degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she studied orchestral conducting with Taras Krysa. She is currently completing her dissertation and Doctorate at the University of North Texas, where she studied orchestral conducting with David Itkin and Clay Couturiaux.