Director of Undergraduate Music Admissions

J. Michael Priester has had an active and varied career as a performer and educator.  A former member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, he currently serves a section member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. Mr. Priester has performed as a principal and section player for orchestras throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Priester’s work in the orchestral repertoire has been recognized by international panels of leading principal bassists in the International Society of Bassists’ Orchestral Audition Competition, with consecutive advancements culminating in a second place finish in June 2013.  Also actively involved with early music, he has served as a guest artist with the Middlebury Bach Festival of Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT).

Mr. Priester has been recently appointed to the faculty of James Madison University School of Music (Harrisonburg, VA) and will begin his service in the fall of 2013. As an educator, he  has maintained a strong and active studio, with students placing well in solo and ensemble competitions, and regional and all-state orchestras in Ohio and Indiana. He has served as a faculty member of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Edinoboro, PA), Grove City College (Grove City, PA), and 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 under the direction of Dr. Gerald Doan.

Mr. Priester is currently a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Music in Double Bass Performance and Literature at Indiana University 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 began his double bass studies with Deborah Taylor and earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under Albert Laszlo at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additional instructors have included James Lambert, Peter Lloyd, and Jeffery Turner.

Administration

Jeffrey Bush

Jeffrey Bush
Professor, Director of the School of Music
bushje@jmu.edu
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Mary Jean Speare

Mary Jean Speare
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Admissions, Associate Director of the School of Music
spearemj@jmu.edu
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William Posey

William G. Posey
Director of Concert and Support Services
poseywg@jmu.edu
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Jeanette Zyko

Jeanette Zyko, Oboe
Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Music Admissions
music_admit@jmu.edu
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