Growing up in the suburbs of New York, Jess's music exposure consisted of Top 40’s hits, the national anthem, and the occasional Josh Groban.
Other than mastering Chopsticks on her grandma’s piano and a short, but bountiful career playing the recorder, she didn’t enter the world of music until high school, when she discovered her sister’s CD of Gary Stadler piano music, which she suddenly had the overwhelming urge to learn. With a pair of headphones and a lot of patience, the CD was mastered in a few months and she quickly moved on to Jim Brickman and then Rachmaninoff.
Halfway through high school, she discovered the beautiful art of film scoring after being captivated by the music from Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride composed by Danny Elfman. Ever since, she has been inspired to do nothing other than marry music to film. At the age of 17, she began studying with Kathleen Theisen, an incredibly talented pianist, singer, and composer, who took her musicianship to the next level. After five months of lessons, Jess auditioned, and was accepted, at Berklee College of Music, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music in Film Scoring, and was a recipient of the prestigious Alan Silvestri Film Scoring Scholarship Award. There, she studied under notable multi award winning film composers, including Claudio Ragazzi, George S. Clinton, and Sheldon Mirowitz.
Upon completing her degree, she moved to Los Angeles, where she immediately fell into the world of advertising, writing demos for companies such as Nike, Comcast, HP, Reebok, and more. In 2014, she was chosen alongside a handful of composers to write an original score for the silent film, Phantom of the Opera, commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theater. She was honored to tour with the orchestra throughout 2015, conducting her reel at film festivals throughout the northeast. More recently, she has had the opportunity to compose music for numerous independent films, as well as be on the music team for USA's Falling Water, Amazon Prime's Dangerous Book For Boys and Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
In addition to writing music for film, Jess served as president of the Boston based organization, Women’s Film Initiative, created to strengthen the female filmmaking community on a collegiate level. During that time, she merged the worlds of Berklee film composers and Emerson filmmakers together to increase collaboration between the two.