Jessica Petrasek (formerly Anastasio) and I go wayyyy back. I met her through the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and asked her for a few flute lessons because she is just. that. good. She sent me to my high school teacher, Tal Perkes, who encouraged me to apply to Eastman…so I guess you could say that Jess is the individual responsible for my pursuit of a career in music 😉
I had such a fantastic time reconnecting with her in our hometown of San Antonio, TX. We can’t seem to spend time together without laughing hysterically about something…reminds me of our days in YOSA together, doing homework in rehearsal and giggling about missed entrances! A lot has changed since then, most notably that Jess recently married an awesome guy and started work as Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony. No matter what, though, we always have our shared past in common, and I’m so glad I got the chance to spend an afternoon with her again.