Jessica Stearns completed a Ph.D. in musicology with a minor in art history at the University of North Texas. She earned an M.M. in saxophone performance from Stephen F. Austin State University and a B.M.E. from Stetson University. Stearns’ main area of research examines Christian Wolff’s notation and its context in the milieu of the New York School. Her other research interests include music of the twentieth and twenty-first century, American music, notation, performance spaces and sound studies.
Stearns has presented at national and international conferences in the United States, Canada and Europe. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the New York Public Library, the Music Library Association and the University of North Texas. Jessica remains active as a saxophonist performing in Sonoren, a free improvisation trio.