Karl Koesterer Retires | Webster University

Some Thoughts Upon My Retirement

karl-koestererby Karl Koesterer

Dear colleagues:

Yes! After nearly 50 years teaching piano, 38 of which have been at the CMS and Webster University, I have decided that it is time for me to retire. My bucket list continues to grow, and it is time to start whittling it down while I can still walk!

Of course, I will miss my students and teaching. Working with all the different ages, abilities, personalities, etcetera has kept life interesting... and challenging!

I will also miss the CMS and all of you. Walking through these halls and hearing the AWESOME music pouring from your studios has truly been one of the joys of my life. What I wouldn’t have given to have come here as a child!

Hmmm... this is more difficult to write than I was anticipating.. 

Oh, yes! The bucket list!!

  1. Practicing! It seems that the less I teach, the more I practice! Go figure! Am going to haul out some of my old war horses and see if can get them back together!
  2. Performing! ( kind of goes with #1) I belong to a couple of groups. Maybe will even try memorizing again! Gonna stretch my few remaining brain cells...
  3. Learn new repertoire. Going to tackle that list I have of all those pieces I thought I would play sometime before I die. ( I know. I’d better hurry...)
  4. Travel. Over the years I have managed to become ALMOST fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese. Even do elementary German. (I know. But you’ve got to have a hobby, right?) time to retread them all and put them to use!

In closing, I would like to express that it has been an honor and a privilege to count myself as your colleague. Your consummate artistry, professionalism and dedication are unequaled anywhere.



Karl Koesterer