Jesse Bunge, M. M. Ed.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choirs
Mr. Jesse Bunge is a 2011 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther, he sang with the world-renowned Nordic Choir under the direction of Dr. Craig Arnold in 2009, and Dr. Allen Hightower in 2010. In 2017, he earned his Masters of Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Kansas. Bunge began his career at Hampton-Dumont Community School District in Iowa, as director of the 7-12 choir program. Under his direction, the ensembles sang at Carnegie Hall and with the band Foreigner, as well as earning top ratings at state festivals. He directed area community choruses including The Franklin Chorale and The River City Men’s Chorus, and sang tenor in the quartet Mandatory Fun. He has directed multiple honor choirs in Iowa, workshops with high schools, and is a guest lecturer at Wartburg College. He served on the Iowa Choral Directors Association Board (ICDA) as the Community Choir Chair, and presented at ICDA Summer Symposium and Colorado Music Educators Association Convention (CMEA). From 2017-2019, he taught in the Eagle Valley Community School District in Gypsum, Colorado. While there, his choirs sang at the CMEA 8th Annual Vocal Gala in Denver, and received top ratings at state festivals. He was nominated for building teacher of the year (2018, 2019) and was a semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award (2018). He is a frequent clinician of high school choirs as well as barbershop choruses and quartets. When not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, and their son, Leo.