School of Music

Eric Kesler

Dr. Eric Kesler has performed in several venues throughout the Eastern US and Rome, Italy. Recent engagements include the role of Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Buffalo Opera Unlimited; guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus production of Handel’s Messiah and performing dual roles as Judas’s brother, Simon, and as the Roman Ambassador, Eupolemus with the Rochester Oratorio Society’s production of Judas Maccabaeus.

Dr. Kesler is a previous NATS 1st place winner in Advanced Men and Musical Theater categories and has performed as guest soloist for Handel's Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words, and Bach St. Matthew Passion. Opera roles include Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Falke in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Husband in Menotti’s Amelia Goes to The Ball, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Plunkett in Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha, and Vertigo in Offenbach’s Pepito, He also has enjoyed performing the National Anthem for the NFL Carolina Panthers, and the USC Gamecocks Athletics.

Dr. Kesler received the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Performance degrees from Appalachian State University. He holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Kesler is a Level II Certified Instructor for the Creative Motion Alliance® and serves as President Elect on the executive board.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Applied Voice
  • Music Education


  • University of South Carolina, D.M.A.

  • Appalachian State University, M.M.

  • Appalachian State University, B.M.