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Jessica T. Carter (b. 1992) is a composer, performer (violinist & mezzo-soprano), and educator from Indiana described as evocative and lyrical by Aspire Magazine and Apricity Magazine, respectively, who is swiftly making a name for herself. Specializing in concert music, film scoring, and musical theatre, Jessica's aim and goal in music is to intersect the relationship between vitriol and compassion through empathy, highlighting the lives marginalized children while deepening the universal understanding of the marginalized adult through sonic engagement that extends to the narrative of human nature through the message of hope. 

 Jessica is an avid performer. As a violinist, she studied with Jae Sung Lee and Dr. Brendan Shea. She has performance experience with the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. As a dramatic mezzo soprano, Jessica studied with Ms. Victoria Garrett and Dr. Emanuel Cristian Caraman. She has appeared with the South Bend Lyric Opera in the productions of Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Cavalleria Rusticana in which she also covered the role of Lucia. 


In both 2018 and 2019, Jessica Carter was the recipient of the Craig and Carol Kapson Bicentennial Scholarship in Music through Indiana University South Bend. In 2020, she was the winner of the Indiana University South Bend Symphonic Composition Competition with the work, "Rancor and Triumph", Concerto for cello and orchestra. In the same year, Jessica was published for her ground-breaking research entitled, "Concert Music of the Civil Rights Movement: Uncovering the Erasure of Black American Composers in the United States." That same year, she release her first EP on Spotify and Apple Music entitled, "Memories" after her piano sonata written in 2019. In 2021, Jessica commissioned by Maestro Alastair Willis and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra to write Shadows, as a part of Celebrate Local, a concert featuring seven local composers. In October of the same year, Jessica was granted a music composition fellowship with the MusicaNova Orchestra in Phoenix, AZ under maestro Warren Cohen. In 2023, she was one of only 2 semi-finalists in New Music USA's call-for-scores as a part of the Breaking Barriers Festival at Ravinia in Chicago. That same year, Jessica's award-winning cello concerto, Rancor and Triumph received it's international premiere at the Tonal Composers Festival in Brazil.  

Jessica has both attended and worked the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Vail CO, the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in South Bend, IN, and most recently the IRCAM multidisciplinary festival ManiFest in Paris, France.  She has been commissioned by several organizations including Crossing Borders Music, Castle Of Our Skins, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Jessica has worked with several renown composers and ensembles such as Marilyn Shrude, David Ludwig, Clara Iannotta, and Billy Childs as well as Trio Fibonacci and the Euclid Quartet. Jessica holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Music from Bethel University and a Master's of Music in Music Composition under the tutelage of Dr. Jorge Muniz from Indiana University South Bend.

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  • Master of Music in Music Composition

  • Candidate for Artist's Diploma in Violin and Vocal Performance

    • Indiana University South Bend, 2017-2019

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music

    • Bethel University, Mishawaka Indiana, 2014-2016

    • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2010-2012

Principal Instruction

  • Music Composition

    • Jorge Muniz, D.M.A​., Robert Rhein, D.M.A.

  • Violin Performance 

    • Brendan Shea, D.M.A.​, Jameson Cooper, M.M., Jae Sung Lee, M.M.

  • Vocal Performance

    • Stephen Lancaster, D.M.A., Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, D.M.A., Victoria Garrett, M.M.​

Teaching Experience

  • Fall 2020 - Spring 2022, Music Teacher, South Bend Schools 

  • Fall 2017 – Spring 2020, Graduate Assistantship, Indiana University, South Bend, IN  

  • Fall 2017 – Spring 2019, Teaching Artist, Civic Theatre, South Bend, IN 

  • Fall 2015 – Spring 2016, Teacher’s Assistant, Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN  

  • Spring 2016, Student Music Teacher, SBCSC, South Bend, IN 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Breaking Barriers Call-for-Scores; Semi-Finalist, Ravinia Music Festival, New Music USA, 2023

  • Symphonic Composition Grand Prize Winner, IU South Bend, 2020

  • Craig and Carol Kapson Bicentennial Scholarship in Music, IU South Bend, 2018; 2019

  • Music Talent Scholarship, IU South Bend, 2017; 2018

  • Excellence in Music, Bethel University, 2016

  • Best Contributing Artist, Earl Award Nominee, 2015; 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Broadcast Music Inc, 2018 - Present

  • Society of American Music, 2023 - Present  

  • Society of Composers, Inc, 2017 - Present

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