Soprano Jessica Petrus seeks to explore the depths of humanity's richest complexities through some of the world's most intimate and obscure music. A sensitive musician, Jessica is drawn to some of the oldest and newest musical treasures, and seeks to bring each piece to life through delicate and nuanced artistry. She recently performed the role of Gabriel in Haydn's Die Schoepfung with Yale Schola Cantorum and Julliard 415 conducted by Masaaki Suzuki in both NYC and New Haven, CT. This past year, she was featured soloist with Yale Camerata conducted by Marguerite Brooks in Handel's 'Messiah' as well as the world premiere of Robert Kyr's "The Annunciation." Jessica has soloed with many notable conductors, including Nic McGegan, Simon Carrington, Simon Halsey, James O'Donnell, Stefan Parkman, Andrew Megill, and Jeffrey Thomas, and was featured in Master Classes with "L'Arpeggiata" (Christina Pluhar) as part of the Carnegie Hall Weill Institute, and Dame Emma Kirby.
In addition to solo repertoire, Jessica is passionate about chamber music and is frequently sought after as a collaborator. She most recently performed both Steve Reich's 'Proverb' coached by Steve Reich and conducted by Marguerite Brooks and 'Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ' with the Yale Percussion Ensemble. She also sings with New Haven-based "Etherea," an eight-part vocal ensemble dedicated to the Romantic era's repertoire for treble voices, and will be a featured soloist in their second album which will release next season. She also is co-founder and duettist with her sister, soprano Juliet Petrus in their duo "Tu Es Petrus" which specializes in duet repertoire for high voices from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Jessica received her Bachelors with honors from the University of Michigan School of Music where she studied with soprano Carmen Pelton. At Yale, Jessica studied with tenor James Taylor and coached with Ted Taylor, Holly Chatham, Avi Stein, and Marc Verzatt. This past May, Jessica received her masters in Art Song, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble from Yale University Institute of Sacred Music. She lives in Cambridge, MA.