- Dean, School of Fine Arts
- Program Coordinator, Music
- Associate Professor of Music
- DM – Vocal Performance, Florida State University
- MM – Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
- BME – Voice, Baylor University
- Applied Voice Lessons
- Vocal Literature
- Vocal Pedagogy
It is Dr. Lester’s desire to guide students through the process of vocal discovery within a psychologically supportive environment that promotes creativity, trust, and transparency. This process of learning, and the personal character developed in that process, helps students to develop into independent musicians, teachers, and individuals. Ultimately, Dr. Lester’s goal is to help students become compelling artists and discerning musicians by promoting their engagement with artistic and musical involvement of all kinds.
Awards and Honors
In addition to his service at HBU, Dr. Lester was recently elected the national Secretary/Treasurer for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) for the 2018-2020 term. A longstanding member of 7,000 member organization, this position follows his service as Governor of the Texoma Region for NATS and President of the Greater Houston NATS chapter. Additionally, he was selected to participate in the prestigious NATS Intern Program in 2010. For seven years, Dr. Lester served as the Director of Vocal Studies for Houston Grand Opera’s Bauer Family High School Voice Studio. In total, his students have participated in numerous summer programs, been winners or finalists in many competitions, and have been accepted into The Juilliard School, University of Indiana, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Mannes – The New School for Music, Rice University, Boston University, and Carnegie-Mellon University to name a few. Dr. Lester often serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator for competitions.
Dr. Lester is an active performer, at ease in operatic, concert, and song literature repertoire. He has performed over thirty operatic roles in musical styles ranging from Baroque to 21st century. Some of the operatic roles performed include Colline in La Bohème, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Méphistophélès in Faust, and Raimondo Bidebent in Lucia di Lammermoor. As a concert soloist, Dr. Lester has participated in many of the repertory’s standard works, including Mozart and Brahms’ Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah, amongst others.
In addition to his musical interests, Dr. Lester is an avid cyclist, logging thousands of miles a year while raising money for various organizations and charities. He and his wife have two wonderful children.