Monthly Archives: October 2016

Shastra hires Jessica Johnson!

Shastra is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Jessica Johnson as Managing Director of Development.  Jessica comes to Shastra with many years of experience in the non-profit world and she will be helping us take Shastra to the next level.


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Dr. Jessica Johnson has served as Manager of Education and Community Engagement at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Hishmeh Music Education Project at William Paterson University, and the Communications Manager and Development Assistant at the JCC on the Palisades Thurnaur School of Music. In addition to her administrative roles, Ms. Johnson was a founding member and flutist for the new music group Alarm Will Sound, which the New York Times calls “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American Music scene.” She has presented to K-12 audiences as an artist for Young Audiences and the New Performing Arts Residency Program, and has taught at the University of Rochester, the University of Wisconsin Madison, Messiah College and Edgewood College.  Dr. Johnson earned her degrees from the University of Michigan (BFA), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA).