Jessica Tuttobene - Cellist - NY
Jessica Tuttobene has played cello for 27 years. An honors graduate of Old Dominion University, Jessica earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with a dual focus on Instrumental and Vocal Certification in Norfolk, VA. She studied cello with Leslie Frittelli during her undergraduate studies. She also studied both piano and voice while attending Old Dominion University, now known as the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music. As a part of her studies, she greatly enjoyed performances with the Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Chorus, Madrigals, and Jazz Choir. During her studies at ODU, she also met the other musicians who would become the fellow founding members of the Col Vita String Quartet.
Jessica was the Orchestra Director at Azalea Gardens Middle School in Norfolk, VA from 2011 to 2018 teaching Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass in an orchestra setting. During this time, Jessica also had the honor of guest conducting All-City Orchestras in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake, VA. From 2012 to 2022, Jessica played cello with the Symphonicity Orchestra of Virginia Beach in Virginia. While in the orchestra, she also performed with the Symphonicity Quartet for community outreach performances and local private events. In 2018, Jessica started Col Vita Music to share her musical passion and experience teaching music lessons from home and performing for hire at local events.
After moving to Rochester, Jessica joined the Roberts Symphony Orchestra in 2021 and served as the principal cellist until 2023. She will play with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra for the upcoming 2023-2024 season. Jessica also currently teaches lessons from her home in the Hilton/North Greece area and teachers chamber music at The Hochstein School in Rochester, NY.