Jonathan Kierspe is an avid performer and saxophone pedagogue. Through his career in music Jonathan hopes to not only expand the saxophone repertoire, but to also create a challenging and invigorating environment for his students. Jonathan has expanded his breadth of knowledge by performing in masterclasses for artists such as Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Kenneth Tse, and Mariano Garcia among many others.
Jonathan has an active performing career within and outside of the academic institutions with which he has been affiliated. He has had the opportunity to perform with the Bowling Green Theatre Group, Limestone College’s Wind Ensemble, Fort Jackson’s Army Band, and the Augusta Symphony. During his career Jonathan has also placed in many competitions, such as the Wayland Chamber Competition, Ohio MTNA chamber music competition, South Carolina’s MTNA solo woodwind competition, and the WDAV Youth Chamber Group Competition. Most recently, he won the concerto competition at Bowling Green State University, which gave him the chance to play Marius Constant’s Concertante with the BGSU orchestra. Jonathan has also been a featured soloist in Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requium, with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble. He has had the opportunity to perform throughout the United States, China, France, Italy, and Croatia.
In addition to his thriving performing career Jonathan also is actively teaching. During his undergraduate degree he taught weekly/monthly clinics at two high schools in South Carolina. He was also involved in the New Horizons program, which gave adults over the age of 50 an opportunity to take music lessons. During his master’s degree Jonathan was the woodwind methods teaching assistant, teaching flute, saxophone, and clarinet to music education majors. He also coached an undergraduate saxophone quartet and worked with the Music Plus program by teaching flute and saxophone lessons. He is currently the saxophone teaching assistant at Florida State University. In the last two summers Jonathan has taught at the Young Saxophonist’s Institute in Texas and served as a counselor at Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina.
Jonathan is currently pursuing his D.M. in saxophone performance from Florida State University where he studies with Geoffrey Deibel. He received his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University where he studied under John Sampen. Jonathan received his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina while studying under Clifford Leaman. For his senior year of high school Jonathan was accepted into the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a residential arts high school, where he took lessons from Kyra Zhang.