Assistant Professor, Voice
Fine Arts 221
D.M.A. - University of North Texas
M.M. - Southern Methodist University
BTech - Tshwane University of Technology, RSA
Music Theory (Aural)
Christian Bester made his professional debut as Schaunard in La Bohème for Pro Musica Theater in South Africa in 2005. European performances include the role of Zaremba in Nedbal’s Polen Blut for Americke Jaro Festival in the Czech Republic, Papageno and Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte for Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy. Other favorite opera and operetta roles include: Robert Schumann in Clara, King Pellinore, King Arthur (understudy) in Camelot, Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Marcello in La Bohème, Germont in La Traviata, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Bob in Old Maid and the Thief, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Escamillo in Carmen, Prince Moritz Popolescu in Countess Maritza, Basil in Der Graf von Luxemburg, Gianni Schicchi and Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, among others.
A recent concert tour through South Africa included performances at: National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Unisa Foundation Concert Series, Hermanus FynArts Festival, Stellenbosch University Concert Series, Friend of Music Society in Durban, and University of North West Concert Series. As a soloist Dr. Bester recently partook in Songfest, the prestigious Van Cliburn Concert Series as well as Texas Christian University’s Festival of American Song, featuring songs of American composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Other concert series include: Santa Fe Concert Association Concert Series, singing the role of the King [no.7] in Conrad Susa’s opera Transformations; East Dallas Christian Church Concert Series, and Lovers Lane United Methodist Concert Series. Dr. Bester was a member of the Emerging Artists for Dallas Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera's Young Artist Program, and Ash Lawn Opera’s Young Artist Program.
Dr. Bester, a sought-after soloist with symphony orchestras, recently collaborated with Fort Worth Symphony, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, UNT Symphony Orchestra, and Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Concert work includes: Mark Hayes's Requiem, Brahm’s Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Schubert Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Tippett's A Child of our Time.
As a recitalist, Dr. Bester frequently performs throughout the United States, Australia, Wales, and South Africa. In addition to performing, Dr. Bester maintains an active teaching and researching career. Dr. Bester recently presented at the NATS National Conference in Las Vegas, the Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities in Japan, as well as at the Texoma Regional Conference in Kingwood. Further, his article “Pauline Bredelli – South Africa’s Elusive First Prima Donna,” was published in the Journal of Musical Arts in Africa (JMAA). Dr. Bester’s students repeatedly place at Texoma NATS and DFW Chapter NATS.
Dr. Bester has served Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Lawrence University, the UW Oshkosh, and Baylor University. Currently, Dr. Bester serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma.
Dr. Bester holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, along with the Artist Certificate from the University of North Texas. The Master of Music degree in Voice, he received from Southern Methodist University, and the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Tshwane University of Technology.