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Acting Associate Principal Viola

Jessica Nance

Jessica Nance joined the Kansas City Symphony in 1995 and began serving as the assistant principal viola in 1997. She is a member of the local chamber music group Summerfest Concerts and has appeared with many other Kansas City area ensembles, including the Boulevard String Quartet, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Nance has been a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Des Moines Metro Opera. She also has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Before moving to Kansas City, she held the principal viola chair with the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Windsor (Ontario) Symphony.


Jessica Nance

Jessica Nance joined the Kansas City Symphony in 1995 and began serving as the assistant principal viola in 1997. She is a member of the local chamber music group Summerfest Concerts and has appeared with many other Kansas City area ensembles, including the Boulevard String Quartet, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Nance has been a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Des Moines Metro Opera. She also has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Before moving to Kansas City, she held the principal viola chair with the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Windsor (Ontario) Symphony.

That it is different every time, and that anything can happen. You really have to live in the moment.

I love to read, and I read a lot of different types of books, but I really like long novels that transport me to a different time or place.

I think I did most of the time. When you’re young you can devote yourself fully to something like practicing and it is fun to be good at something. As you get older, you have to juggle more responsibilities and distractions.

My parents both loved music, and my dad especially had a fondness for early music, so he taught all of us how to play the recorder when we were quite young.

Integrity. I am always impressed by people who do the right thing, even when it is hard or entails personal sacrifice.

My older sister played the violin, and my parents had me start violin lessons also when I was eight. A couple of years later, I thought I might like to do something just slightly different, so I switched to the viola, making my elementary school strings teacher very happy!

Without a doubt, the people. The musicians in the orchestra are great musicians, but they are also fun, smart, kind, and excellent colleagues.

I am married to KCS Trumpeter Brian Rood, and we have two young children. I enjoy running and triathlons, and I have run several marathons and even completed a full Ironman triathlon.