St. James Gloria was premiered by the Cathedral Choir of St. James Cathedral, Seattle for their 2021 Christmas services.
We Are Held was premiered by Choral Arts Northwest at their December 2021 concerts, conducted by Robert Bode. Click here to watch.
Tantum Ergo was premiered by the choir of St. Peter's Episcopal Church of St. Louis in September of 2021, conducted by David Sinden.
Preces and Responses were premiered by the choir of Epiphany Parish in Seattle in April of 2021, conducted by Zach Hemenway.
Jessica was recently awarded the 2020 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition, where she will write a work for choir and organ on a text by Christina Rossetti. The piece will be published by ECS Publishing, and will receive a world premiere performance at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Seattle in 2022.
"Jessica French is the real deal! Her choral music is beautifully crafted and is a joy to sing. It is truly the work of a great musician and a fine singer. Choral Arts Northwest thinks so highly of her music that we have invited Jessica to be our Composer-in-Residence for our 2020-2021 season. We can't wait to see what she writes for us!" - Robert Bode, Choral Arts Northwest
Jessica French’s music is as glorious as the texts she chooses to set. Her lyric lines and rhythmic intensity keep you wanting to hear more as an audience member and to turn the next page as a performer. It is clear from her part writing that she is an accomplished singer, keyboardist, and educator—vocal lines that appear challenging seem to float and soar and are a pleasure to sing. Jessica brings professionalism and joy to everything that she does. My singers and I loved working with her at every stage of our commissioning projects. - Sara Boos, Northwest Girlchoir
My most recent work, a setting of Tantum Ergo, is now available for SATB or SA choir and Organ. Accessible for most choirs, this piece is simple to put together yet energetically exciting to sing. Click here for more information.
One of my newest works, a set of Preces and Responses, is now available. Specifically written for SATB choir with no divisi, this can work well for choirs with limited amounts of singers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.