Jessica Goldbaum is a freelance bassoonist and private lessons instructor in San Antonio, Texas. A former member of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia and Herzegovina, her orchestral playing has taken her across the United States and abroad. She frequently appears with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Texas and is working locally on a project to improve reed-making tools. She began writing as an intern for Texas Public Radio’s classical music blog in the spring of 2017.
Originally from Boca Raton, FL, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Florida State University and a Master of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School. She grew up listening to Motown records and began her musical studies at age 12 on the alto saxophone, thinking that it would make her seem cool to her middle school peers. After realizing that cool doesn’t necessarily equate to popularity, she switched her focus to the bassoon and hasn’t looked back since. Her favorite era of music to perform is Baroque, her favorite era to listen to is Romantic, and her favorite era to study is Classical. Her most beloved pop culture icon is RuPaul Charles. When she’s not practicing scales in her free time, Jessica makes bassoon reeds, ponders why good advice is “good,” and tries her best to laugh at her mistakes.