Jessica Sneeringer, Athena Conductor

Jessica Sneeringer is a graduate of The Ohio State University earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance as well as a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Jessica is currently in her 15th year as the Director of Bands at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio, and is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department.  A member of the Central Ohio Brass Band since 1999, she was a soloist and principle trombone until 2005, when she stepped onto the podium.  Over her 16 years as COBB’s conductor the group has enjoyed much growth, success, and critical acclaim, having won the 1st Section of the North American Brass Band Association a record 5 times.  In July of 2019, COBB performed at the International Trombone Festival to great acclaim with brass band super star Brett Baker.

Also a freelance trombonist, Jessica has the privilege of playing with many fine groups including The Athena Brass Band (which she is fortunate to have the opportunity to now conduct), the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra, and a variety of other ensembles in and around Central Ohio. Over the years, Ms. Sneeringer has performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, Monarch Brass, Phil Smith, Allen Vizzutti, Nancy Wilson, Jiggs Whigham, and Frank Foster, among many other artists. 

Jessica is a member of Phi Beta Mu (The Bandmasters Fraternity) and has been a clinician, adjudicator, and coach for several outstanding student groups including The Ohio State University Marching Band, Capital University’s Junior Winds, Ohio State Fair Band, the Ohio Music Educator’s Association All-State Band, and Tuba Christmas Columbus 2018.  She is currently the instructor for the Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble, an audition-only honors group which performs year-round. She makes her home in Central Ohio with her son Joshua and daughter Jordan.