Jesse Tatum currently serves as Principal Flute of The Santa Fe Symphony. She is also Principal Flute of the Opera Southwest Orchestra and a Principal Player at Chatter, an innovative Albuquerque-based chamber ensemble. Additionally, she has performed with numerous other musical organizations including The Santa Fe Opera, Performance Santa Fe, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the El Paso Symphony. She attended the Catania International Music Festival and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra. Jesse studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of New Mexico.
As a soloist, Jesse was a prizewinner at the 2014 Myrna Brown Artist competition, performed at the Currents International New Media Festival, and has appeared as a soloist with the Albuquerque Philharmonic. Her solo debut with The Santa Fe Symphony was in 2016. In 2017, Jesse was a regularly featured performer at the world-renowned Meow Wolf, an immersive art installation in Santa Fe. She was also a featured performer at the 2017 TEDxABQ conference, and a solo performer with the 2017 Gatas y Vatas Festival.
Jesse has collaborated with many composers and participated in numerous world, US, and New Mexico premieres of solo, chamber, orchestra and opera works. She has been a Featured Performer of Powell Flutes, and served multiple times as a Newly Published Music judge for the National Flute Association.
Also a Licensed Masters Social Worker, Jesse has presented at the collegiate level on Music Performance Anxiety, and in 2017 served as the referral mental health therapist of The Santa Fe Opera. She endeavors to bring the values of collaboration and authenticity to her work as a flutist.