Jessica is a Music Director and Conductor who specialises in musical theatre and opera. Currently based in Sydney, Australia she holds a Masters in Conducting from the Royal Danish Accadamy of Music, Denmark and Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Her Musical theatre credits include "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (MOSMAN), "Half-time" (Hayes Theatre) "Songs for a New World" (UNSW), "The Producers" (UNSW), "The Last 5 Years" (NIDA), "The Who's TOMMY"(MOSMAN), “Annie” (MOSMAN), "9 to 5” (CANTERBERY) and “13”(Independant Theatre).
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 truely invested and challenged in their art the art itself speaks so genuinely and thus high quality performances are achieved.
"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
- London/United Kingdom
- Australia/New Zealand
- Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- Music Assistant
- Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
- Music Transcriber