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Dnissa Hester
D'nissa Hester with the NSU Jazz Orchestra
Hester chosen for fellowship in Germany

NATCHITOCHES –Northwestern State University Instructor of Music/Voice D’nissa Hester has been accepted as a teaching fellow for the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany, in July.

Hester received a three-week appointment during which she will learn and observe from internationally known voice pedagogue, singer and master teacher Dr. Marryann Kyle. Hester will take dance and acting classes, learn German and work with guest faculty and perform in opera and musical theatre events.

“As a voice teacher of both classical and musical theatre, I am looking forward to bring what I learn back to the students at NSU,” said Hester. “I hope to apply what I learn to help improve and better prepare the students as professionals in the world of music, whether it be in teaching, performing or promotion of musical events.”
Hester is a native of Amarillo, Texas. She holds a bachelor of music with a concentration in vocal performance and masters of music with a concentration in vocal performance and choral conducting from Northwestern State. She has also studied at the Taos Opera Institute under world renowned soprano Mary Jane Johnson. She has been an instructor of music/voice since 2015 and was an adjunct instructor of music/voice for five years.

For more information on the International Performing Arts Institute, go to