Instructor in Music
B.M. Wheaton College (IL)
M.M. Boston University
Instructor in Music, teaches the music theory and aural skills sequence, and is also a vocal and instrumental coach, piano instructor and collaborative pianist at Gordon College. She has held coach and collaborative pianist positions for numerous choirs and individual performers throughout Massachusetts and in the Chicago area, as well as England, France, Russia, Slovenia and Austria. She has accompanied at contests and events for ACDA, NATS, IMEA, IHSA, MMEA and Stars at Symphony Hall, in venues such as Boston's Symphony Hall and New York's Avery Fischer Hall.
A native of the state of Washington, Ms. Modaff began playing professionally by age twelve. She is continually sought after for her multi-faceted piano skills, and additionally has held positions as worship leader and music director for various church and theatre organizations. She currently serves in the Highrock network of churches in the greater Boston area as worship leader, pianist, choral conductor and arranger.
Ms. Modaff has served on the faculties of the Children's Music Center (Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts) and the Wheaton Yamaha Music School (Wheaton, Illinois) where she received certification as a Yamaha Music Education instructor. She holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Daniel Paul Horn, William Phemister and Kenneth Drake. Jessica is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree in collaborative piano at Boston University under the instruction of Shiela Kibbe, Melinda Lee Mazur, and Javier Arrebola. She holds a master of music degree from the same program, specializing in playing and coaching duo and trio repertoire for both vocal and instrumental mediums. Ms. Modaff performs regularly in faculty recital settings, collaborates across campus with the Theatre Arts department and Chapel Office, and has acted as a music coach and accompanist to hundreds of Gordon students and ensembles since joining the faculty in 2008.