Coker Music to Present Faculty Recital

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Aug. 27, 2012 – Coker College Music Instructor Eric Kesler, accompanied by pianist Michelle Wachter, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

The baritone will perform works by celebrated European composers including Hugo Wolf, Maurice Ravel, George Butterworth, Giacomo Puccini, Charles Gounod and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“I am excited about each piece on the program,” Kesler said. “Each work presents interesting challenges, from varying timbres and textures to different languages and styles.  I am also pleased to bring the audience a selection of pieces, which, although they are by fantastic composers, may not be particularly familiar.”

Kesler has performed throughout the Eastern United States and in Rome. He recently debuted in the University of South Carolina’s presentation of Friedrich von Flotow’s "Martha" and in Offenbach’s "Pepito."

He is a previous first-place winner in the Advanced Men and Musical Theater categories of the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Artist Awards competition.

Kesler serves on the executive board of the Windswept Music Conference and serves as the voice instructor for the annual event.

With a master’s in music performance and bachelor’s degree in music education from Appalachian State University and advanced level instruction certificates from the Creative Motion Alliance, Kesler is pursuing a doctorate in musical arts from the University of South Carolina.

Accompanist Wachter is an avid performer and musical collaborator, accompanying both vocalists and instrumentalists. She earned a master’s in piano performance from the University of South Carolina and is continuing her education there, pursuing a doctorate in piano pedagogy.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information about the music program at Coker College, visit

PHOTO:  coker College Music Instructor Eric Kesler


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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