About Jesse

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.

As a soloist, Jesse was a prizewinner at the 2014 Myrna Brown Artist competition. She has performed at the Currents International New Media Festival and appeared as a soloist with the Albuquerque Philharmonic. Her solo debut with The Santa Fe Symphony was in 2016. Jesse is 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 at 2017 Gatas y Vatas, a feminist experimental music festival. In 2018, Jesse performed a show of contemporary works for solo flute as the character FluTeBot at the Albuquerque Museum in collaboration with the internationally published and exhibited photographer Nick Tauro, Jr. Tatum is described as “reliably excellent” (Santa Fe New Mexican), “The principal flutist Jesse is just a rock star” (Ryan McAdams, conductor), “She is the music of the universe and cannot be contained” (Meow Wolf), “the girl you wanna hear” (Daniel Sharp, Powell Flutes).

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, appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, and served multiple times as a Newly Published Music judge for the National Flute Association.

Also a Licensed Masters Social Worker, Jesse has lectured at the collegiate level on Music Performance Anxiety, and serves as the referral mental health therapist of The Santa Fe Opera. Her writings have been published in Flute Talk magazine. Jesse endeavors to bring the social work values of collaboration and authenticity to her work as a flutist.

As a student, Jesse was a member of the Catania International Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. Jesse studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of New Mexico.

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Brahms, Grieg & Liszt


The Symphony rings in the New Year with the full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa and a spectacular program featuring works by three of our most celebrated composers. Brahms’s shortest symphony, his No. 3, encapsulates Brahms’s motto “Free but happy” with an intricately crafted work one critic called Brahms’s “artistically the most nearly perfect” composition. The programmatic theatricality continues with Grieg’s first Peer Gynt suite, music composed to accompany Ibsen’s masterwork play, combining Norwegian folklore and traditional music with the yearning harmonies of Scandinavian Romanticism. Finally, Liszt’s Les préludes, the first “symphonic poem” ever to be published under that description, which depicts themes as universal as “love” and “victory.”

Brahms, Grieg & Liszt