Jessica McNamara's first association with Norwalk Youth Symphony was as a sectional coach of the violins. For the 2009-10 season Jessica was named conductor of the Philharmonia Strings Orchestra.
Jessica attended Providence College on a full scholarship and double majored in music and psychology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Providence College with a degree in Music Education. Since graduating from college she has been teaching in the Westport School system.
Jessica is currently completing a master's degree in music education with a concentration in conducting at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. During the summer of 2009 she co-founded the Ridgefield Summer String Orchestra, a community orchestra for children and adults that meets once a week throughout the summer. Jessica regularly plays violin with the American Chamber Orchestra, directed by Chris Hisey as well as in a string quartet.