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Michelle Kesler

Associate Professor
String Division, Cello

4071 MB
Provo, UT 84602


Dr. Michelle Kesler is Assistant Professor of Cello at Brigham Young University. She has distinguished 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 BYU, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, studying with Judith Glyde and Andras Fejer of the Takacs quartet. She received her master’s and doctoral degree at Arizona State University studying with Thomas Landschoot. While pursuing her master’s and doctoral degrees, she enjoyed performing with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Opera, and the Phoenix Opera Company. She is currently a member of the Deseret String Quartet.


  • DMA, Music Performance, Arizona State University, 2013
  • MM, Music Performance, Arizona State University, 2010
  • BM, Music Performance, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2004

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