Jessica Pearlman Fields
Principal, Suzanne R. Chonette Chair
Jessica Pearlman Fields currently holds the position of principal oboe for Pacific Symphony. Fields moved to Southern California after completing her master of music degree in 2009 at The Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas, Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz, all of the Metropolitan Opera. While in New York, she performed and toured with some of the city's most esteemed ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. She was a member of the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival Orchestra from 2007-2009, participating in two international tours led by Charles Dutoit and Ludovic Morlot and working in the summer under such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. As a soloist Fields was featured with the San Jose Chamber Symphony, a performance MetroActive described as "extraordinary… [she] dazzled through the overlapping melodies and 32nd-note runs of a bravura show-off piece by Antonino Pasculli…[a] barrage of acclamation followed her tour de force…" Other solo appearances include the Mozart oboe concerto with the Pacific Chamber Symphony and Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Bach Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin with the Mansfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra where she also served as principal oboe during the 2005-06 season. An avid chamber musician, Fields has performed with Orli Shaham on Pacific Symphony’s prestigious Café Ludwig Chamber Music series and tours regularly with her innovative New York-based chamber group "Shuffle Concert."
Fields hails from Half Moon Bay, Calif. where she studied oboe and violin and performed in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and with her local community orchestra. Her continued study of music and science brought her to Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she earned a B.M. under the tutelage of the late James Caldwell as well as a B.A. in neuroscience, as a pre-med student. Her summer research in brain tumor models conducted at John Hopkins University was presented at the 2006 conference of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Among Fields' other talents, she is a dedicated and passionate teacher. She served as a secondary oboe teacher to undergraduate students while at Oberlin College and Yale University (where she spent the first year of graduate school), and in 2006 served as woodwind professor for the Associaciòn Nacional de Conciertos youth music festival in Panamà. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Long Beach City College in addition to maintaining a large private teaching studio. Equally adept at the English horn, Fields has been an audition finalist for English horn positions of many of the nation’s finest orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony and San Diego Symphony. She currently resides in Long Beach, Calif. with her rescue dog, Nadia. Please visit Fields online at jessicapearlman.com.