Robert Chesebro is a well-known educator who has guided a number of
Furman students to impressive music careers. As coordinator for woodwind
studies, he coaches and conducts woodwind ensembles.
Named the Charles Ezra Daniel Professor of Music in 1991, Chesebro's
students have won numerous awards and have excelled in their careers. He
has helped more than 60 students win first chair in the South Carolina
all-state band and guided 33 more to first place in the state level of
the Music Teachers National Association Woodwind Competition. One former
student, Matthew Hanna, won the International Young Artist Competition
in 1995. Many of those students have performed on the biggest stages
since leaving Furman. Keith Lockhart is currently the conductor of the
Boston Pops. Other students include Elizabeth Crawford, Tod Kerstetter,
Charles Stier, Alvin Keitt, Margaret Bungay Steele, Frank Watson, Barry
Ellis, Jennifer Myers, Amber Ferenz and Maurita Murphy Meade.
A highly respected conductor and clinician, Chesebro has played
principal clarinet in the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and has
performed with symphonies in Asheville, N.C., Augusta, Ga., Charleston,
Charlotte, Columbia, S.C., Hendersonville, N.C. and Kingsport, Tenn.
Along with numerous solo recitals in the Southeast, he has performed
with the Heritage Chamber Players and the Galliard Woodwind Quintet. He
has also appeared at the International Clarinet Society Clinics.
Chesebro completed 25 seasons as musical director and conductor of
the Carolina Youth Symphony. In addition, he conducted the Furman
University Symphonic Band, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the
Hendersonville Symphony, the Greenville Little Theater, the Carolina
Ballet Theater, the South Carolina Beauty Pageant, and several all-state
As an artist and clinician for the Yamaha Corporation, Chesebro provides
woodwind clinics for students with a special "how to practice" routine.
Recently, he joined Tod Kerstetter to co-author "The Everyday
Virtuoso," a book that provides a structured approach to developing
virtuoso technique for advanced high school and college students.