Nathaniel Fox Beversluis | Bruce Kiesling
Nathaniel Fox Beversluis
Nathaniel Beversluis is currently the Resident Conductor of the Greensboro Symphony and the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. A native of Indianapolis, Nathaniel began writing music and playing piano and violin at a young age. He refused to practice Hanon exercises, hymns, or anything by Edward MacDowell. Confounding one piano teacher after another, he began learning music by reading and playing from scores, listening to records, composing, and staying hours after school to extract wisdom from his school orchestra conductor, Dick Dennis.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University School of Music and Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Mark Gibson, Xian Zhang and Roger Grodsky, and served as pianist and Associate Conductor for CCM Musical Theater. He has worked for the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Lucca, Italy), University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre (Orlando and Daytona Beach, FL), Seaside Music Theater(Daytona Beach, FL), and Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton, NY).
He received two composition fellowships to the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and recently conducted the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra (Hilversum, NL) on a radio broadcast as part of a conductor's workshop. He has studied piano with Phil DeGreg, Lynne Arriale, Mike Lucas and Luke Gillespie, and his compositions have won awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). His interests as a composer involve combining the traditions and approaches of classical with jazz musicians.
Since August 2009 Nathaniel has been Music Director for the Music Theatre program and Performing Arts Department at Elon University.
Bruce Kiesling was just named the Conductor of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), the Los Angeles Philharmonic's community youth orchestra initiative. The program is directly inspired by incoming music director Gustavo Dudamel's experiences in Venezuela's world-renowned music education program "El Sistema." Bruce also serves as the Music Director of the Tulare County Symphony in California's Central Valley. His background encompasses conducting, harpsichord performance, theater, and piano work in both classical and popular genres. Originally from Canton, Ohio, Dr. Kiesling received degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Miami (Florida) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Bruce spent eight years as Resident Conductor for the Greensboro Symphony, where he led classical concerts, the Holiday Concert, the Gospel Concert (featuring Curt Karr, Richard Smallwood and Wintley Phipps), the highly successful education concerts, and many appearances with Carolina Pops. He served as Music Director and Conductor for the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, having led the orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and Carnegie Hall. Under Dr. Kiesling’s guidance, the youth orchestra program more than doubled in size and expanded to six different ensembles with more than 200 members. Bruce also led the Choral Society of Greensboro from 2007-2009.
Bruce is also a harpsichordist and has led performances from the keyboard with the University of Miami Chamber Orchestra, the Clarke Chamber Players and the Florida Baroque Ensemble. In the theater, he spent several years as the Supervising Music Director for the five-time Emmy–award winning political satire troupe, The News in Revue.
The other aspect of Bruce's careers is that of an active and busy composer. He has provided music for more than twenty productions, including the feature films “Wesley,” "Seven Days of Yellow," "Di Passaggio," “Foresight” and the award winning shorts "1915" and "Stormy Weather."