Jessica Troy, a native New Yorker, wears a wide variety of freelance hats.
As violist with the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble since 1998, she has toured extensively, from Moscow, Idaho to Moscow, Russia, appeared at illustrious festivals around the world, including the Casals, Sydney, Wolf Trap, and Mostly Mozart festivals, and performed with Yo-Yo Ma across the US and Japan. She is the principal violist of the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Opera Lafayette, and performs with many other period instrument ensembles, including Four Nations, Rebel, Dryden, and Concert Royal; a fun feather in this cap, she appeared with Renée Fleming on the David Letterman Show. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Westchester Philharmonic, and performs frequently with many other area ensembles, including the New York City Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and American Composers Orchestra.
Wearing a hat of a different color, she has recorded quartet parts for Lou Reed, Ani DiFranco, and Charming Hostess, and with her cohorts from those projects performed on screen with David Byrne in "This Must Be The Place," starring Sean Penn. She has seized the stage from Toronto to Lima with the East Village Opera Company, a rock group, and performed on their Grammy-nominated CD, "Olde School." She has played on Broadway, recorded cast albums and movie soundtracks, and recorded contemporary chamber music with groups such as Sequitur and North/South Consonance Ensemble.
A participant at many illustrious music festivals, including Prussia Cove, Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Marlboro, she can be heard on Marlboro's 50th anniversary CD in a live performance of György Kurtág's Microludes for string quartet, which she prepared with the composer. She holds degrees from Amherst College, S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and the Musikhochschule Lübeck, where she studied with Philipp Naegele, Caroline Levine, and Barbara Westphal. She has been fortunate to count a number of other wonderful musicians amongst her teachers and mentors, including Julius Levine, Samuel Rhodes, Joel Krosnick, and Eugene Lehner, and been lucky enough to have performed with such luminaries as Emanuel Ax, Matt Haimovitz, and Felix Galimir.
Wearing a beret (and pushing this metaphor to its limits), she is also an artist. Since graduating from LaGuardia High School (née Music & Art) - as a fine art major - her artistic output has occasionally supported musical endeavors - recital posters, the Greenwood Music Camp tee-shirt, a cover for the Journal of the American Viola Society, etc - and more often been wedding gifts made for friends. She has self-published an alphabet book (and related cards and posters), which she drew a few years after all of those weddings.