Artistic Director

Photograph Courtesy Chris Redgrave Copyright 2017

Michael Gesme started his instrumental career on the trumpet in fifth grade and played in concert bands through college. Though perhaps best known to Central Oregon audiences as the conductor of the Central Oregon Symphony, Michael has served as an adjudicator, clinician and festival director for countless band events as well as the director of the Cascade Winds from 2003 to 2006 and again since 2012. As a Professor of Music at Central Oregon Community College, Michael teaches music theory, ear training, music history and conducting in addition to conducing the Cascade Winds and the Central Oregon Symphony. In the fall of 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Fine Arts and Communication Department at COCC.

Michael can be reached via e-mail at mgesme@cocc.edu .