Division: String Performance
Position: Assistant Professor
Office: E-539 HFAC
Dr. Michelle Kesler is Assistant Professor of Cello at Brigham Young University. She has distinquished herself as a chamber musician and soloist in a wide number of performances in Europe, and the US. She performs with the Beethoven festival in Park City, and has worked with quartets such as the Orion, St. Lawrence, Takacs, Tokyo, and Brentano String Quartets. Michelle is a sought-after clinician, having conducted master classes for aspiring young artists throughout the U.S. Her students have found success continuing their studies at prestigious graduate schools and winning regional and national competitions. Michelle is passionate about new music and is actively commissioning, performing and premiering new works. During the summer she teaches at The Vianden International music festival in Luxembourg as well as the Young Musician’s music festival held at Brigham Young University. Before joining the faculty at the University, she received her bachelors degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder studying with Judith Glyde, and Andras Fejer of the Takacs quartet. She received her doctoral and masters degree at Arizona State University studying with Thomas Landschoot. While pursuing her masters and doctorate degrees, she has enjoyed performing with the Phoenix Symphony, The Arizona Opera, and the Phoenix Opera Company. She is currently a member of the Deseret String Quartet.
BM, Music Performance, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2004
MM, Music Performance, Arizona State University, 2010
DMA, Music Performance, Arizona State University, 2013