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J. Michael Priester, M.M.

Instructor (PT)
String Bass
Alexander Music Center # 116
Music Department
Edinboro University of Pennsylvanis
Edinboro, PA  16444
Phone: 814.732.2492

Office Hours for Spring 2013

By appointment

Courses for Spring 2013

Applied String Bass


M.M., University of Cincinnati
B.M., University of Cincinnati

J. Michael Priester has had an active and varied career as a performer and educator.  He has served as a principal and section player for numerous orchestras throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, most notably Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. In consecutive years, Mr. Priester’s work in the orchestral repertoire was recognized by international panels of leading principal bassist, awarding him finalist and semi-finalist standing in the International Society of Bassists’ Orchestral Audition Competition.  Also actively involved with early music, he has also served as a guest artist with the Middlebury Bach Festival in Middlebury, VT.

 As an educator, Mr. Priester has maintained a strong and active private studio, with students placing well in solo and ensemble competitions, and regional and all-state orchestras in Ohio and Indiana.  He served as a faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department as a private studio teacher and as an assistant to the department’s youth string ensemble, Cincinnati Junior Strings. He has also given numerous master classes, most notably at James Madison University’s School of Music in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Priester is currently a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Music in Double Bass Performance and Literature at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying orchestral and solo repertoire with Bruce Bransby, double bass pedagogy under Lawrence Hurst, and viola da gamba performance and literature with Wendy Gillespie.  Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Priester earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under Albert Laszlo at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additional instructors have included Deborah Taylor, James Lambert, Peter Lloyd, and Jeffery Turner.