Hailing from Daytona Beach, Florida, Jesse Christeson is excited to be serving his first year as Principal Cellist of the Mississippi Symphony. Most recently, Mr. Christeson received a master's degree in performance from Rice University (studio of Norman Fischer), and completed his second consecutive summer as a Fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.

For several years Mr. Christeson has been very active as a performer and teacher in Houston, TX. In addition to working as a freelance cellist, he performed as a vocalist in the Houston Grand Opera and Bach Society of Houston choruses. During that time, he maintained a full cello studio of students from the Rice Preparatory Program and local public schools.

Apart from Tanglewood, Mr. Christeson's recent summer engagements include the festivals of Aspen, Brevard, and the National Orchestral Institute. He received his bachelor's from Stetson University in DeLand, FL, where he studied cello (studio of David Bjella), voice, and philosophy. Mr. Christeson has served as a frequent substitute cellist for the Orlando Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Alabama Symphony.

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