Luethi, Dean

Dr. Dean Luethi serves as the Director of the School of Music at Washington State University. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Illinois–Urbana/Champaign. Before working at WSU, Luethi was a high/middle school choir and musical theatre director in the Green Bay (WI) School District. He also served as a visiting instructor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Luethi was Coordinator of Music Education, taught choral conducting, choral music methods, directed WSU’s Treble Choir, and supervised student teachers prior to his appointment as Director of the School of Music. He currently teaches applied theory and directs WSU’s Tenor/Bass Choir.

Known for his work as a choral pedagogue, Luethi has presented research and workshops at festivals, conferences, and competitions in the United States, Newfoundland, Austria, Hawaii, Poland, Germany, and India. He is a frequent clinician, adjudicator, and presenter. Luethi has performed as a soloist or with professional ensembles in Ukraine, Romania, Austria, Poland, Germany, and throughout the United States. He is published in Choral Journal and Music Educator’s Journal. As part of his service to the National Choir Council of NAfME, Luethi works with and has prepared a virtual choral conducting series for choral conductors in India.

Dean lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, in Pullman, Washington. In his free time he enjoys amateur photography, piloting his drone, and spending time with their two cats. For more information, visit