Jacqueline Traish is originally from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, but she currently lives in New York City completing her Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes School of Music at The New School. She received her Bachelors in Music Performance and Bachelors in Science Education from East Carolina University in December 2014, and her Masters in Music Performance from Mannes School of Music at The New School in May 2018. Her main teachers include Judith Mendenhall, Dr. Christine Gustafson, and Tunisia Bullock.
While in New York City, she has had the opportunity to perform with the Mannes Orchestra at numerous venues, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and New York City Center with the Martha Graham Dance Company, under the direction of David Hayes and JoAnn Falletta. She has also performed with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble under the baton of David Fulmer and Alan Pierson. In the Fall of 2016, she was granted the opportunity to perform an arrangement of Clemence's Aria from Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" at the Guggenheim Museum and French Institute Alliance Français with colleagues from The New School, as well as Susanna Phillips from the Metropolitan Opera. In May 2017, she performed with Ensemble 4'33'' at the Museum of Modern Art for the Bang on a Can: Music Among Friends event. In April 2018, she premiered two pieces at the Czech Center in the Bohemian National Hall as part of the Mannes Sounds Festival.
As a passionate chamber musician, Jackie performs regularly with numerous chamber groups, both traditional and contemporary, within Mannes School of Music and around New York City. She is also a founding member of the Stranded Silver Flute Quartet. Stranded Silver aims to bring new light to flute music and captivate audiences in thrilling performances. Recent accolades for this group include being named finalists in The American Prize for Chamber Music and performances at the 2016 New Music Gathering at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the 2016 National Flute Association Annual Flute Convention in San Diego, CA, and the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention. They have commissioned many new works for their ensemble from composers around the world to continue bringing new life to flute repertoire.
Jackie has attended numerous summer festivals, including the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, ARIA International Summer Academy, PROJECT Trio’s The Camp!, Beyond the Masterclass VI with Jim Walker at The Colburn School, and The Panoramic Flutist. Along with her festival participation, she has performed in numerous masterclasses for Göran Marcusson, Carol Wincenc, Valerie Coleman, Christina Jennings, PROJECT Trio (Greg Patillo, flute), Jim Walker, Ian Clarke, Viviana Guzman, and many more.
As a freelance musician, you can find her performing all over New York City! From pit orchestras for musical theater and opera, to chamber concerts and world premieres, to weddings and religious services, Jackie enjoys performing for audiences all around the five boroughs. She is also an active private teacher who is always seeking students that have a passion for music, and is a teaching artist with the MUSES Program in NYC and the PLAY Music/PLAY Theater programs at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.