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Mietz.jpgDr. Joshua Mietz
Executive Director

Dr. Joshua R. Mietz is currently the Instructor of Woodwinds, Jazz Ensemble 1, and concurrently serves as the Executive Director of Kinser Jazz Festival at Casper College.

Prior to arriving at Casper College, Mietz served as the Instructor of Clarinet at Fort Lewis and San Juan Colleges, the Instructor of saxophone at San Juan College, as well as the Director of Choirs at the First United Methodist Church in Durango, Colorado (2011-2014). He also coached and arranged music for a clarinet choir comprised of Fort Lewis College Students and area clarinetists.  His arrangements vary from rock/pop, church hymns for weekly worship, and re-orchestrations of large-scale works. The clarinet choir from Fort Lewis College performed Mietz’s arrangement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 at the 2014 International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest® in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this past summer.

In his spare time, Mietz enjoys ultra-marathon running, vegan cooking, mountaineering and is a member of Lancaster 54 AF & AM and fly-fishing.  He has finished the Bighorn 100, Hardrock 100, the Leadville Trail 100, and qualified for the Boston Marathon six times. At the time of this writing, he has run to the summit of 9 of the 54 Colorado 14-ers. He would also like to give a recital on a summit above 14,000’ and is looking for collaborators up to the challenge.

Coulter250.jpgRon Coulter
Instrumental Director

Ron Coulter is currently Instructor of Percussion, Improvisation, and World Music Studies at Casper College.  He previously served as Senior Lecturer of Percussion, Improvisation, and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for a decade and as a Visiting Professor of Percussion Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  He taught as an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at John A. Logan College, Westminster College, and Youngstown State University.  He has presented clinics, master classes, lectures, and/or performances at more than 80 colleges and universities internationally as a visiting artist.  In 2006 Ron was invited to become an Educational Endorser with the Promark Corporation and Black Swamp Percussion.

Ron has been a freelance percussionist since 1997, performing in a wide range of musical situations from burlesque cabaret to live electronica.  As a performer, he has toured internationally appearing in 44 U.S. states, the European Union, Norway, Croatia, and most major cities in Canada and Japan.  He has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Tone Road Ramblers, and Four Aces, among others.

As a composer, Ron has created more than 230 original compositions for various media encompassing numerous genres.  His compositions have been performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and have been recorded on the Kreating SounD and A Caldera record labels; selected scores and editions are published by Kreating SounD, HoneyRock Publishing, Frog Peak Music, and Smith Publications.

Ron’s musicological research has unearthed more than twenty unknown percussion works from the 1930s and 1940s, of which he is facilitating premiere live performances, recordings, and publication as audio CDs and/or scores, in addition to forthcoming analytical articles.

As a curator, Ron has organized more than 300 public presentations of music and intermedia art involving more than 100 artists across a multitude of disciplines. 

vreeman_zach_c1.jpgDr. Zachary Vreeman
Vocal Director

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Zach Vreeman joined the faculty of Casper College as Director of Choral Activities, where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale, Men’s and Women’s Choirs, and the Casper College Contemporary Singers. Before coming to Casper, he served as the Assistant Choir Director at the University of Wyoming. He earned a D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, where he studied conducting with Peter Eklund and Therees Hibbard.

As a conductor, Dr. Vreeman has directed a wide variety of both choral and instrumental ensembles at all levels, including school choral ensembles from elementary to college, and bands and orchestras at the secondary level, as well as community and church ensembles. He appears frequently as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country, but has also sung professionally with several ensembles, including the Anchorage Concert Chorus and Chorale, Anchorage Opera, and most recently with the new Colorado Bach Ensemble and Abendmusik in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

 

burger.jpgLarry Burger
Technical Director

Burger has a linage of audio production ranging from studio recordings, live sound venues, broadcast experience, and  producing radio shows for weekly radio broadcasts featuring interviews and live musical guests.

He gained experience working in broadcast trucks for regional and national presentations.

Burger has performed live sound engineering forcConcerts from jazz greats, concert bands, rock bands and percussion performances. Burger  is the Sound Design Instructor at Casper College.

As an innovator of Digital mixing and Computer Controlled sound systems. Burger is a system design expert from manual operation to sophisticated intelligent automation consoles. Working across the nation and Morocco, Barcelona, and Monaco.

 

WIN_20140518_124807_2.JPGKathy Coe
Administrative Coordinator

Kathy Coe is the Academic Assistant for the School of Fine Arts and Humanities and has been at Casper College for 8 years. Kathy received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wyoming.

In addition to administrative support for the Kinser Jazz Festival, Kathy is also coordinates many of the Music department's events including the Big Band Dinner Dance and the RedStone Recital and Gallery Series.

Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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