- MA, Woodwinds, Bob Jones University
- BS, Music Education, Bob Jones University
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in clarinet performance from Bob Jones University, Mr. Chest began teaching in the woodwind department of the Division of Music in 1979, where he currently teaches applied music courses in clarinet, oboe and saxophone; music education courses in beginning clarinet, saxophone and double reeds; and the undergraduate course in instrumental conducting.
Mr. Chest is a frequent performer on campus in solo recitals and with the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Concert Band, and the university’s Concert, Opera & Drama Series opera productions. He is a member of the Faculty Chamber Winds and director of the Faculty Wind Quintet. He has performed in the clarinet sections of the Greenville Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Greenville Chorale and Spartanburg Philharmonic orchestras. He studied reed making with David Weber to more effectively mentor his oboe students. His students enjoy successful teaching and performing careers: one recent student is principal clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Opera orchestra and another is currently completing a master’s degree in oboe performance at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Chest has conducted the University Woodwind Choir for the last 33 years, and since 1987, has led that group in concert tours throughout the eastern United States. His transcriptions and arrangements for this group are performed regularly.
Mr. Chest is a choir member and presents special music at Greenville Christian Fellowship where he and his wife Sandra attend. He was music director of a local church in the Greenville area for 10 years and still enjoys substituting as choir director.Mr. Chest has four children, Robert, Valerie, John and Michael, and he and his wife enjoy following their varied careers in retail management, genetics research, opera singing, and computer programming.