Jesse J. Sanchez is a nationally recognized music director, conductor, composer, orchestrator and arranger. Jesse was most recently appointed to the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, Oregon) as the Repertory Music Supervisor. Most notably he served as the music assistant to TONY and GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, Alex Lacamoire and the first national tour of HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL. Jesse has also worked with Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz on the world premiere musical, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. He has worked for numerous regional theaters including American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco, CA), Theatreworks SV (Palo Alto, CA), Huntington Theater Company (Boston, MA), Seacoast Repertory Theater (Portsmouth, NH), and the Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco, CA). His work with collegiate programs includes New York University (Tisch), Syracuse University (Soyars Lecture Series), San Diego State University, Santa Clara University, Las Positas College, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and St. Mary's College. Jesse is the playwright and composer of new, contemporary Latinx musical, SUEÑOS.
As a professional musician, Jesse has performed with Terrell Stafford, Natalie Cole, Michael Bublé, Tower of Power, Brubeck Brothers, Dave Brubeck, Paquito D’Rivera, Anat Cohen, Dee Daniels, Dave Liebman, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Smith, Jimmy Heath, Corey Christiansen, Carlos Xavier Salsa Project, N'Rumba, and many others. Jesse can also be found on recordings for ska band Hella Jalapeños, the University of Idaho Jazz Band 1, the film Love in Absentia, and many more.
A San Jose native, Jesse grew up listening to mariachi music and watching his grandfather play in a Spanish rock band in Los Angeles. Inspired to launch his own musical journey, Jesse began playing trumpet in sixth grade. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. While at UI, Jesse studied trumpet under Dr. Vern Sielert and conducting under Dr. Michael Murphy and Professor Alan Gemberling. His paternal family is from Del Rio, Texas.
Jesse is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Recognitions include 2018 American Theatre Magazine – featured in “ROLE CALL: People to Watch”, 2018 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab Playwright, 2018 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate Award: Emerging Artist Nominee, 2017 TBA Award Nominee for Best Production of a Musical (IN THE HEIGHTS, WVLO), 2016 NCBA Young Band Director of the Year, 2015 Carnegie Hall Conductor (Westmont Chamber Chorale), 2015 CUSD Music Festival Guest Conductor, 2015 West Valley College Hall of Fame inductee, 2015 Comcast/NBC Bay Area All-Star Teacher of The Year Finalist, and quarter-finalist for the 2014 Music Educator Grammy Award.