Jessica Hanson graduated in 2011 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance. She began violin at age 5, studying Suzuki violin through the Black Hills Suzuki School in her hometown Rapid City, South Dakota. Instructors she has studied with include Terry Durbin, Susan Kempter, Barbara Barber, Charlie Savot, David Neely, Rebecca Fischer, the members of the Chiara String Quartet, and jazz violinist Jason Anick. She has attended many Suzuki festivals and institutes, including the Colorado Suzuki Institute, Washington D.C. Suzuki Institute, Black Hills Suzuki Institute, and Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.
Her most notable performances and contributions include playing with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, playing with gypsy jazz group Swing 105 at Celebrate Nebraska, and playing at the New Generation Music Festival. Hanson spent a majority of her time playing with different chamber ensembles and dedicating time to performing new works by emerging composers.
Hanson currently teaches violin at Omaha Conservatory of Music and through the Conservatory’s String Sprouts program and performs regularly with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. Her interest in other genres of music sparked her journey toward other types of music. She has explored various styles, including bluegrass, gypsy jazz, jazz, blues, folk, country, and other musical genres to bridge the gap from classical violin playing to others. Hanson enjoys playing with local bands, recording, and working with other local artists to grow the arts community here in Omaha.