Jessica Findley Yang
Jessica Findley Yang, from Wichita, Kansas, currently holds the position of Second Bassoonist in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in Tennessee. Jessica also serves as the bassoon instructor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and performs regularly with the baroque ensemble Cincinnati Collegium. Additionally, she has performed in the bassoon sections of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Jessica has attended summer music festivals including Festival Napa Valley, Sarasota Music Festival, Castleton Music Festival, and the Texas Music Festival, where she was the winner of the TMF concerto competition. She made her European solo debut in 2014, performing the Mozart Concerto for Bassoon with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig in the Gewandhaus Recital Hall. In 2016, Jessica was a prizewinner in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, an international bassoon competition for women. She holds degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and her primary teachers have included William Winstead and Eric Stomberg. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, hiking in the hills of Cincinnati and Chattanooga, and playing with her two cats Pepper and Chips.