Jessamyn Fry


San Francisco, California

Manhattan School of Music, 2022-2024 – Master of Music in Orchestral Performance – Cello
Cleveland Institute of Music, 2017-2021 – Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance

Patrice and Ron Lara Chair

Jessamyn Fry grew up in the Bay Area of California where she began studying cello at age nine. She recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music after studying with Dr. Melissa Kraut, and will be pursuing her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Alan Stepansky in the Orchestral Performance Program. She enjoys playing music of all kinds, but orchestral and chamber music are what she loves most.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I used to be a swimmer, and still love water very much.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Arvo Pärt.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love to drink coffee and read, or go for walks and listen to music.

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I am very much looking forward to working with Michael Stern again, and playing all of the incredible repertoire on the list for this season, particularly Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony and Bloch’s Schelomo. I also love nature and hiking, so I’m really excited to be back in the Breckenridge mountains!