Born and raised in Greenlawn, NY, Jessalyn Duggan began playing the piano at the age of eight. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Awadagin Pratt. She then went on to complete her Suzuki Teacher Training (Books 1-7) at The School for Strings in New York, under the mentorship of Marina Obukovsky.
While in New York, Jessalyn served as the Music Director, Choir Director, and Organist at the Centerport United Methodist Church for nine years. During her time there, she founded the “Friends of Music” program– a concert series designed to bring classical music to the area, featuring local amateur and professional musicians giving solo and chamber performances for the community.
Jessalyn cultivated her private teaching career, specializing in Suzuki piano, in her studio on Long Island. She regularly collaborated with a Suzuki violin teacher in teaching music theory & musicianship classes, accompanying violin group classes, running a joint summer camp, and performing for community concerts and events.
In addition to teaching Suzuki piano, Jessalyn enjoys accompanying and has been the accompanist for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of NY Nassau Concert Choir, SCMEA All-County festivals, NY All-State festivals, and for many Long Island public school districts events. Over the course of her playing tenure, Jessalyn has performed numerous chamber recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, CAMI Hall, Symphony Space, the Staller Center for the Arts, and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. She has also performed as a soloist with the Long Island Youth Orchestra of NY and the Huntington Community Band.
In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs, Layla and Tucker.