Council for Choral Education

Dean Luethi (2020-2022) 
Pullman, WA

Dr. Dean Luethi serves as the Director of the School of Music and Associate Professor at Washington State University. He received his BM in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his DMA in Choral Music from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign.

Before working at WSU, Dean was a high/middle school choir and musical theatre director in the Green Bay and Luxemburg/Casco School Districts. He also served as a visiting instructor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Dean was Coordinator of Music Education, taught choral conducting, choral music methods, directed WSU’s University, Treble, and Tenor/Bass Choirs, and supervised student teachers prior to his appointment as Director of the School of Music. He currently teaches applied theory in addition to his administrative duties.

Known for his work as a choral pedagogue, Dean has presented research, workshops, or conducted choirs at festivals, conferences, and competitions in the US, Austria, China, Germany, Hawaii, India, NewFoundland, Netherlands, Poland, and South Korea. Dean’s book Aligning Voices: Exercises to Build Choral Musicianship is available through GIA Publications. He is published in Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. As part of his service to the National Choir Council of NAFME, Dean works with and has prepared a virtual choral conducting series for choral conductors which is distributed throughout India.

Dean lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, in Pullman, WA. In his free time Dean enjoys amateur photography, piloting his drone, and spending time with their two cats.

Eastern Division Representative
Stefanie Weigand (2020-2022)
Waterbury Center, VT


North Central Division Representative
James Kinchen (2021-2023)

University of Wisconsin Parkside

Kenosha, WI


Northwest Division Representative
Coreen Duffy  (2020-2022)
University of Montana
Missoula, MT


Southern Division Representative
Lynn Babcock (2021-2023)
Centreville High School
Centreville, VA

Southwestern Division Representative
Wesley E. Singleton (2020-2022)
Edmonton, OK 

Western Division Representative

Kim Ritzer (2021-2023)
Henderson, NV


To be selected June 2021

Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of the years noted above.

See all Fireside Chats with members of the NAfME Council for Choral Education

Guidance for Choral Education Fall 2020