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Jonathan Kierspe

Jonathan Kierspe’s focus on high quality performance has led him to perform in Croatia, Italy, France, China, and across the United States. He has had the opportunity to present performances at prestigious events such as multiple North American Saxophone Alliance Biannual and Regional conferences, the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the European Saxophone University in Gap (France), the World Saxophone Congress, and the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival.


Jonathan has also placed in competitions such as the BGSU graduate concerto competition, the Wayland Chamber Music competition, Ohio’s MTNA chamber music competition, the South Carolina MTNA solo woodwind competition, and the WDAV Youth Chamber Group competition. He has also been a featured soloist in Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requium, with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble.

Chamber music has always been a large focus in Jonathan’s career. His bass trombone and saxophone duo “Wind Collision” has given performances at both regional and national conferences. In 2018, the duo commission five works and brought them on tour to the University of South Carolina, Winthrop University, Limestone College, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Ohio State University, Oakland College, and Franklin College.


Jonathan is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music from Florida State University, where he serves as the teaching assistant for Dr. Geoffrey Deibel. Previously, he received his Master’s in Music from Bowling Green State University, where he served as the woodwind methods teaching assistant under Dr. John Sampen. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina, having studied under Dr. Clifford Leaman.