Born in Maringá (PR – Brazil), Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad has performed internationally, including countries such as Austria, Germany, Brazil, and the United States of America. She has also performed in Master Classes across the globe, and is an award-winning pianist in Brazil.

Jessica graduated in 2008 as a Bachelor of Piano at the School of Music and Performing Arts at UFG (Federal University of Goias) in the class of Luiz Medalha Filho. She completed her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Wyoming, where she studied piano with Theresa Bogard and studied composition with Anne Guzzo. In 2015, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad completed her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance (with a minor in Chamber Music) at the University of Georgia, where she studied piano with Martha Thomas.

Among her professional experiences, while living in Brazil, Jessica Pacheco-Hjelmstad was a private piano teacher, accompanist, orchestra pianist, arranger, and also a member (as a singer) of a Symphonic Choir. After moving to the USA, in 2010, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad has worked as choir accompanist, private piano teacher, chamber music collaborator, and at the college level, has taught class piano, aural theory, and applied piano lessons. Since 2014, she has been presenting at many different conferences, on the regional and national level, around the United States. Those presentations include the 2017 National College of Music Society Conference, in Texas, the 2019 MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, in Virginia, the 2019 MTNA National Conference, in Washington, and the 2019 Texas MTA Conference, in Texas. Finally, she served as an adjudicator for several piano competitions and MTA achievement days.

Currently, she keeps a busy schedule performing chamber music nationally, with many different performers. In addition to the performances, she is a faculty member at Laramie County Community College, she teaches private piano lessons and chamber music in northern Colorado, and during the summer, she is the Colorado Kodaly Institute pianist and recital coordinator (at CSU).