Jessica Cummings is an Adjunct Professor at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she prepares pre-service music educators to teach elementary general music and choir in secondary schools. Cummings earned her Masters of Music Education from The Florida State University (FL), where she studied voice with Roy Delp and conducting with Andre Thomas, Kevin Fenton, and Judy Bowers. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from DePaul University (IL), where she studied voice with Ashley Putman and Susanne Mentzer and conducting with Clayton Parr and Michael V. Smith.
Prior to coming to Peabody, Cummings taught high choir and general music in both Howard and Frederick Counties, and elementary and middle general music and choir in the Chicago-land area. Her choirs have been invited to perform at Maryland Music Educator Association Conferences, the PBS special Celebrate America, NBC’s Sounds of the Season, Carnegie Hall, and many state and national festivals where they received superior ratings. Her students have been selected to sing in All County Choirs, All State Choirs, the NAfME All Eastern Honor Choir and the NAfME All National Choir.
Cummings is a sought-after guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician who has presented professional development sessions for choral teachers across the state of Maryland. She was nominated for Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and was featured in the 5th annual Choral Directors of Note article in the Choral Director Magazine. An avid soprano soloist, she has performed with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society under Tom Hall, the Concert Artists of Baltimore under Edward Polochick, the Chicago Chamber Choir under Timothy Adams, Da Corneto Opera Company (IL), and is in frequent demand as a soprano soloist and section-leader in numerous churches in the Maryland and DC areas. She is a Past President of the Maryland Choral Educators Association.