Jessica has been performing since she was seven and teaching privately since 2007. Growing up, she competed in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair for fifteen years. She was a Sprout Champion in 1999 and a Senior Finalist in 2007. She loves the competition because it gives youth all over the state the opportunity to perform and practice their craft. Saunders and her students have appeared in multiple productions with City Circle Community Theatre, Young Footlighters, Iowa City Community Theatre and other groups. In addition to private lessons instruction and community performance, she works as an adjunct vocal music professor at Waldorf College.
Jessica is finishing work on her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Iowa. She currently holds her Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College.
Jessica teaches both classical voice and musical theater style to students of varying skill levels from sages 6 to adult. She believes in building confidence in her students and strives to work with each student to explore their individual skills and talents.