Jessica Dussault (she/her) has been playing cello with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra since she was 18. Jessica grew up in Lincoln, taking lessons from Tracy Sands and playing in all the classic local ensembles from SAIL Camp to Nebraska All-State. Jessica studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with LSO’s principal cellist, Karen Becker. In college, Jessica had the privilege of playing in master classes and coachings with Bonnie Hampton, members of the Chiara Quartet, and Yo-Yo Ma.
She has performed with touring artists including Disturbed, Michael Bublé, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. She loves performing contemporary music and has been fortunate enough to work with composers such as David von Kampen, Kurt Knecht, Andrea von Kampen, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate.
Cello often occupies Jessica’s evenings and weekends, but most of her daytime hours are spent in the world of government tech. She is a consulting software engineer for 18F in the General Services Administration, where she works to make the public’s experience with government websites and services a little better each day.
Jessica’s cello, Kip Austin, was born in 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. His favorite things to play are Baroque music, hair metal, and contemporary orchestral pieces. He enjoys autumn days with 40% humidity, soft cloths, and serenading a tiny cat.