Jessica Messere is a classically trained cellist who lives in Atlanta, GA & Savannah, GA with her partner Ethan, two children Taylor and Claire, and two furry children. Jessica takes her cello named Penelope to teach and play in symphonies, small ensembles, recitals, weddings, and in Celli. When not chauffeuring Penelope or her family between Atlanta and Savannah she enjoys CrossFit, practices Olympic Lifts & Powerlifts, reading, meditating, yoga, drinking a Kombucha while watching Star Trek movies and Dr. Who episodes.

Jessica chose to play the cello at 9 years old because she liked the low sounding instrument. She went on to take private cello lessons and participated in youth symphonies like Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (AYSO). She studied with the late Wolfgang Laufer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned her Master's degree with Martha Gerschefski at Georgia State University.
She has participated in various recording projects, professional symphonies, international music festivals, and performed solo in masterclasses for famous cellists such as Norman Fisher, Evan Drachman, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, Darrett Adkins, Timothy Eddy, Andres Diaz, and Yo-Yo Ma. 

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Cello + Chakras

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Savannah Yoga Center/Ordinary Magic 1323 Bull St, 1323 Bull St., Savannah, GA

Rest and renew with this 90 minute Restorative Yoga experience with cellist Jessica Messere playing live while Atlanta based teacher Jenn Cook guides you through the 7 main subtle energy centers in the body known as chakras. Chakras are points in the body where there is a gathering of nerves & major organs, as well as psychological, emotional & spiritual states of being. Using the powerful vibrations of the cello, gentle stretches & sweet restorative yoga poses, we will reset the mind, body & soul.


Celli in Oxford

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Oxford, AL

Celli will be playing it's signature mash-ups!

Philharmonic in the Streetz

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Greenbriar Center, 3709 Hopkins St , Savannah, GA 31405

Philharmonic in the Streetz was developed by the Philharmonic to bring diverse cultures together. This community-wide collaboration engages area neighborhood associations, schools, churches and the City of Savannah. These free family-friendly gatherings feature live musical performances in a block party-setting strategically produced in challenged neighborhoods throughout the city where families may not have the opportunity to attend orchestral concerts. Music has the power to bring people together, making these biannual celebrations the perfect opportunity to create positive dialogue and to raise awareness for the positive impacts of music.

An Evening with Anthony Kearns

Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St , Savannah, GA 31401

An Evening with Anthony Kearns

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus Peter Shannon, Artistic Director & Conductor Dr. Matt Caine, Chorusmaster Anthony Kearns, tenor

Repertoire to include:

Limerick You’re a Lady

Nearer My God to Thee

Vienna, City of My Dreams

Danny Boy

Nessun Dorma

Back by popular demand, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are proud to have Anthony Kearns, member of the renowned Irish Tenors, return for an evening of rich and memorable melodies. From Danny Boy to Beautiful Dreamer, you’re sure to leave this one whistling a merry tune!

Veteran’s Day Special Music

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Wesley Monumental UMC, 429 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401

November 11 is Veteran’s Day and also the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. Please join us that Sunday during 11:00 worship and invite your friends and neighbors. A 23-piece orchestra will accompany the choir and congregation as we sing hymns of faith that both honor God and thank God for our country and our veterans.

The orchestra is made possible by interest from the Music Endowment.

Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala

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Hilton Head Island Airport General Aviation Ramp, Hilton Head, SC

The first Friday night in November to kick-off the Hilton Head Island festivities of the 17th annual Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival.

Sponsors will show off their latest offerings in aircraft and automobiles. Where as guests will dine on the finest food Hilton Head Island has to offer and drinks will be flowing as the legacies of automotive and aviation come together for a night you will never forget!

Picnic in the Park

Historic Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA

Join the Savannah Philharmonic for our annual Picnic in the Park, a fun-filled day of musical excitement!


“Friends of Music” with Cello

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church , 805 Mount Vernon HWY, Atlanta, GA 30327

The “Friends of Music” at Holy Innocents’ offer an annual concert series to uplift the spirits of all who come to enjoy this series of musical treats. These concerts are open to the community at no charge.

Each concert begins at 7pm and is followed by a Meet-the-Artist reception in Bishop Commons.


Opening Night Concert of Savannah Philharmonic

Lucas Theatre , 32 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Peter Shannon, Artistic Director and Conductor Quynh Shannon, piano

Richard Sortomme TEN (World Premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven Fantasia for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80 “Choral Fantasy” Savannah Philharmonic Chourus Quynh Shannon, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


Celli Concert