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). At age 22, he became a Qualified Bassoonist by the United States Air Force, earning his first professional position, and in 2013, he was appointed Second Bassoonist and Faculty of the Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.
Kluesener has performed with Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra May Festival Chorus, 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 on the Downtown Chamber Series (Phoenix, AZ), Fountain Hills Chamber Players and formerly 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 Conferences (USA) and the 40th-42nd International Double Reed Society Conferences.
As a soloist, Kluesener has appeared with Paradise Winds colleagues and the North Valley Chamber Orchestra (Paradise Valley, AZ), Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra (Scottsdale, AZ) and performed the Dead Elvis Concerto by Michael Daugherty with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. In America, he has given solo, chamber and improvisation concerts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Virginia since 2000.
In 2009, Kluesener founded the Paradise Winds (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paradise-Winds/193883870628707), a ‘mutating’ chamber wind ensemble championing sustainable classical repertoire while performing nationally and 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, that lasted for three seasons.
A native of Columbus, Ohio USA, Kluesener received the Doctor of Musical Arts at A.S.U. under mentor, Dr. Albie Micklich, and holds two Bachelor of Music degrees cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from A.S.U. Previous mentors include Jeffrey Lyman, William Winstead, Martin James and Cynthia Cioffari.
An active educator, Kluesener teaches bassoon privately, at Basha High School (Chandler, AZ) and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert, Phoenix and Paradise Valley Community Colleges, teaching a survey of Rock Music & Culture. Concerned with community growth and new trends in live concert music, Kluesener is a lead contributor to the Classical Revolution PHX (classicalrevolutionphx.org), an effort to provide education to audiences and invigorate appreciation for Classical music.