April 19, 2023

CIM alumna Jessica Chancey joins flute section of The Louisville Orchestra

A photo of flutist Jessica Chancey with her flute.

The Cleveland Institute of Music is proud to share news of the appointment of Jessica Chancey (BM ’21, Fink) to the flute section of the Louisville Orchestra, one of the nation’s leading ensembles.  

Specifically, Chancey will serve as the orchestra’s third flute and principal piccolo, following her years of study at CIM with Mary Kay Fink, principal piccolo of The Cleveland Orchestra.  

Chancey's appointment in Louisville, where she'll play under music director Teddy Abrams, is not the artist's first significant achievement or appointment.  

Since her graduation from CIM, Chancey has played second flute and piccolo in the Canton Symphony Orchestra and appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Philharmonic.  

As a founding member of Catharsis Winds, Chancey also won the bronze medal at the 2019 Fischoff Competition and silver at the International Manhattan Music Competition. A native of Florida, she also played in the Orlando-based New Score Chamber Orchestra and was a featured soloist with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra.  

Chancey is the second CIM alumna to join the Louisville Orchestra in recent weeks. In early April, CIM was pleased to share the appointment of Grace Roepke (BM ’19, MM ’21, Kondonassis) as the orchestra’s new principal harp. Overall, Chancey is the fifth CIM alumnus currently in the Louisville Orchestra, along with Andrea Daigle (BM ’10, MM ’12, Preucil/Updegraff), Meghan Casper (BM ’97, Jackobs) and Andrea Levine (PS ’01, Cohen).  

“We are proud to count Jessica Chancey as one of our own and witness her career quickly blossom,” said Scott Harrison, executive vice president and provost of CIM. “I am certain that Jessica will continue to embody the future of classical music as she joins an orchestra as trailblazing and adventurous as Louisville.”