Jesse Bunge, M. M. Ed.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choirs
Jesse Bunge is a visiting assistant professor of music and oversees the choral, voice and choral education programs at Coe College. He directs the Crimson Singers and Concert Choir, instructs private voice lessons and teaches courses in vocal pedagogy, diction, choral methods and music history. Bunge is a frequent clinician with elementary, middle and high school choirs, community ensembles and barbershop choruses and quartets. In addition, he is in demand as a festival and honor choir director and as a guest lecturer at colleges throughout the Iowa. Bunge received national recognition in 2018, when he was chosen as a semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award.
Bunge previously taught in the public schools of Iowa and Colorado, where his students and ensembles earned top ratings at state events, were selected for All-State honors, performed at music conferences, appeared at Carnegie Hall and accompanied the rock band, Foreigner. He served as director of the Franklin Chorale community choir (Hampton, IA) and was assistant director of the River City Men’s Chorus barbershop choir (Mason City, IA). An active performer, Bunge has been a member of the Mandatory Fun and Harmony Hawks barbershop ensembles and was a featured performer at the Convocation and Vespers services at Coe. In 2016, he gave a presentation on community choirs at the Iowa Choral Directors Association (ICDA) Summer Symposium and in 2018 was selected to present on repertoire considerations for high school bass and treble choirs at the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention. From 2015 to 2017, he served as the community choir chair on the ICDA board.
Bunge is a member of ICDA, American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, National Association of Teachers of Singing and Iowa Music Educators Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and earned a Master of Music Education with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy from the University of Kansas. He lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Erin, an elementary music teacher and private lesson instructor, and their son, Leo.