"Jess is inspiring and realistic, patient and clear, kind and firm. We are grateful to have her as a teacher and

role model for our daughter."

-Martha Mulligan-Tabora, parent

"Jess is an incredible musician and violinist; her life is full with writing, collaborating, playing, and performance that feed the artistic soul of Chicago. The economics of balancing creative projects with teaching can be daunting. Both teaching and artistry are equally important for Jess and for Chicago. She manages to elegantly weave together the two –

allowing one to inspire the other."

-Erin Kathleen Flynn, program manager Old Town School of Folk Music

"MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER HAS BEEN TAKING LESSONS WITH JESS FOR OVER A YEAR NOW AND SHE LOVES IT! JESS INSPIRES MY DAUGHTER THROUGH THOUGHTFUL LESSON PLANNING, CREATIVITY, AND KINDNESS. IN MY DAUGHTER'S WORDS, "JESS MAKES LEARNING THE VIOLIN FUN!"

-Kim Rice, parent

"OUR DAUGHTER HAS GROWN SO MUCH AS A MUSICIAN WHILE LEARNING VIOLIN WITH JESS. HER ENTHUSIASTIC APPROACH TO TEACHING ENSURES THAT OUR DAUGHTER FEELS GOOD ABOUT HER PROGRESS AND ENCOURAGES HER TO LEARN AND PRACTICE MORE."

-Martha Mulligan-Tabora, parent

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