Dr. Dean Luethi serves as the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor in the School of Music at Washington State University. He received degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, University of South Florida in Tampa, and University of Illinois–Urbana/Champaign. Before pursuing advanced degrees, Dean was a high/middle school choir and musical theatre director in the Green Bay area.
Known for his work as a choral pedagogue, Dean has presented research, workshops, or conducted choirs at regional and national festivals, conferences, and competitions in the United States, India, China, Cuba, Canada, Austria, Poland, and Germany. He is published in the Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. Dean has served as the chair of the NAfME Council for Choral Education and held state and regional offices for ACDA. His books, A Quick Start Guide to Choral Singing and Aligning Voices: Exercises to Build Choral Musicianship, are available through GIA Publications.
Dean lives with his wife in Pullman, Washington. In his free time Dean enjoys amateur photography, woodworking, and spending time with their two cats.
Choirs have their own culture, and newcomers to our programs can often feel intimidated not knowing what to expect. This session provides tools to engage and welcome your new singers into the culture and retain them for future years.
Choral programs offer unique cultures in which our singers feel heard, understood, and seen. By fostering this sense of belonging, we can provide a unique opportunity for singers to grow, emote, perform, and find a creative outlet. This session will provide you with an understanding of why singers join choir and how to keep them in choir.