Serving as Guest Artist-Faculty at Saarburg Serenaden during summer of 2011, Joseph Kluesener is a bassoonist and educator living and working in Phoenix, Arizona (AZ). In 2006, he was a Qualified Bassoonist by the United States Air Force, earning his first professional position at age 22. Kluesener has performed with orchestras, The Phoenix Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (Lexington, KY), Musica Nova Orchestra (Scottsdale, AZ) and is formerly the Principal Bassoonist of the Symphony of the Southwest (Mesa, AZ). He has given chamber music appearances in Phoenix with the Downtown Chamber Series, Fountain Hills Chamber Players, Second Sunday Concert Series and Mill Ave. Chamber Players. Kluesener has performed at Aveiro International Music Festival (Portugal), the International Viola Society Congress (USA), North American Saxophone Alliance Region II Conference (USA) and the 40th Anniversary International Double Reed Society Conference in Tempe, AZ at Arizona State University (A.S.U.).
As a soloist, Kluesener has appeared with the Paradise Winds and the North Valley Chamber Orchestra (Paradise Valley, AZ) and played the Dead Elvis Concerto with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. Covering a small number of American regions, he has given solo, chamber and improvisation concerts in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia since 2000.
In 2009, Kluesener founded the Paradise Winds (paradisewinds.com), a ‘mutating’ virtuoso chamber wind ensemble performing and presenting clinics and master classes regularly throughout Greater Phoenix. At that time, Kluesener was also appointed the Director and Coordinator of the Second Sunday Concert Series, a community partnership between A.S.U. and Christ Church of the Ascension located in Paradise Valley, AZ.
A native of Columbus, Ohio USA, Kluesener is a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts at ASU under the mentorship of Dr. Albie Micklich; he holds two Bachelor of Music degrees cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from ASU. Previous mentors include Jeffrey Lyman and William Winstead.
An active educator, Kluesener teaches bassoon privately and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert and Paradise Valley Community Colleges, also teaching a survey of Rock Music and Culture. Concerned with community outreach and new trends in live concert music, Kluesener is also a contributor to the Classical Revolution PHX (classicalrevolutionphx.org), an effort to provide musical education to audiences and invigorate appreciation for “Classical” music.