James Madison University School of Music


Karine Chapdelaine, Part Time Instructor

Bassist Karine Chapdelaine has lead an active career in music that includes international performances in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, Canadian public radio shows, and has garnered vast experience recording jazz and pop albums. In 2001 Karine won a spot in the International Association of Jazz Educator's "Sisters in Jazz" competition, performing in New York City, Washington DC, and in Europe. The group opened for a number of jazz legends including Kenny Baron, Regina Carter, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the Brecker Brothers at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Pori Jazz Festival. The 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival honored her with the "Galaxy Prize" for best composition. Endorsed by "Godin Guitars," she is a repeat performer at the Kennedy Center, and at Carnegie Hall with Paquito D'Rivera's Latin Jazz Workshop. She has also shared the stage with jazz icons such as McCoy Tyner, "Bunky" Green, and Cecil Bridgewater, as well as winning one of Downbeat Magazine's Student Awards for "Outstand Performance in Jazz for 2011."

A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Karine later earned two Masters Degrees from Howard University in Washington DC; one in Jazz Studies, and one in Music Education. Presently, she lives in the DC metro area, and continues to compose and perform music in a variety of settings, as well as teaching early childhood music education, upright bass, and French.

Email:  info@karinechapdelaine.com
Office: 540.568.6180


J. MICHAEL PRIESTER, Part time Instructor

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.

Visit Michael Priester's website at jmichaelpriester.com

Email: priestjm@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6592