Faculty Artist Series: Michael Chesher presents a program of jazz music on Sept. 30

Luther College Associate Professor of Music Michael Chesher and Kansas State University Professor Tod Kerstetter will collaborate for a clarinet and bass clarinet music recital in the Recital Hall at Luther's Center for Faith and Life at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Chesher and Kerstetter's program Worldwide Jazz Flavors was originally performed in July at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest ® 2018 in Ostend, Belgium. Their repertoire includes jazz-influenced music by Mauricio Murcia Bedoya, Gordon Lewin, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and David Baker.

Chesher earned his doctoral degree from Indiana University, his Master of Music from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor of Music at Oberlin College. In addition to teaching clarinet and saxophone at Luther, he currently holds the principal clarinet position with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.

Kerstetter holds a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, his Master of Music from Indiana University, his Bachelor of Music from Furman University. He teaches clarinet and serves as a member of the Konza Wind Quintet at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University.

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation with five choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Michael Chesher
Tod Kerstetter