Michael is a native Texan and graduate of Baylor University. While earning his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in piano performance, he studied with Russian pianist and Artist-in-Residence, Krassimira Jordan. Following graduation, he studied at the Borsendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria.
In 1994, Michael moved to Columbus, Ohio where he served as vocal coach at the Ohio State University, and was on the piano faculty at Ohio Wesleyan and Columbus State Community College. In 2000, Mr. Lester joined the faculty at Otterbein College where he taught both piano and voice until 2008.
Michael began work at Peace in 1999 and his position became full time in 2004. At Peace, Michael is able to incorporate all the aspects of his musical background: gospel, sacred, classical and instrumental music and Opera, spirituals and choral music. One of Michael’s greatest joys is meeting with friends over food and wine and conversation.
You can reach Michael at MLester@peacegahanna.org.