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Jessica Manning

Jessica Manning


Jessica Manning



Jessica is a Music Director and Conductor who specialises in musical theatre and opera. Currently based in Adelaide, Australia she holds a Masters in Conducting from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen and Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Her musical direction credits include School of Rock (Adelaide Youth Theatre), Shrek Jr. (North Sydney Kids Musical Theatre Co.), Charlie and the Chocolate factory (Dural Musical Society), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mosman Musical Society), Half-Time (Hayes Theatre) 13 the Musical (Independent Theatre), 9 to 5 (Canterbury Theatre Guild), Annie (Mosman Musical Society), TOMMY (Mosman Musical Society), The Last 5 Years (NIDA), The Producers (NUTS) and Songs for a New World (NUTS).
Opera Credits include Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde", Stauss' "Die Fledermaus" and Milenko's "Mrs Dalloway". She has also conducted orchestras around the world including the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Beaches Orchestra and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. Jessica is also a passionate music educator and has been working with young people for over 10 years.
Her focus is on collaborative work that provides growth and development to artists at all musical levels and believes when people are truly invested and challenged in their art the art itself speaks so genuinely and thus high quality performances are achieved.

"Jessica Manning as Musical Director has a plethora of experience both here and overseas and conducts a band of exceptional skill which was always ready to step in whenever required, although this did not appear to be all too often. By that I mean that the cast of band performers on stage, actually do play their own instruments and became progressively more confident throughout the performance." - Theatre Associate SA 2024

"Jessica Manning’s musical direction serves as a steady heartbeat"- Audrey review 2021

"The musical has some nice tunes – crisply played by the live band" -Stage Whisperers 2021

"there are some very good elements in the show, especially Musical Director Jessica Manning’s command of the different styles involved." Reviews by Judith 2021

"Musical Director Jessica Manning led an excellent orchestra providing great accompaniment to the cast. The show tunes stood up well with the title song being the stand out." Sydney Arts Guide 2022

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education


  • London/United Kingdom
  • Australia/New Zealand

Maestra Expertise

  • Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Orchestrator
  • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
  • Music Transcriber
  • Classroom Music Teacher

Primary Instruments

  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Saxophone
  • Voice


  • Dorico
  • Finale
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius
  • QLab