Ron Gerhardstein is Associate Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands at Pacific Lutheran University.  At PLU, he directs the Concert Band and teaches coursework related to music education, instrumental methods, and the supervision of student teachers.  Prior to his appointment at PLU in 2014, Dr. Gerhardstein taught for thirteen years in the West Valley School District in Yakima, WA.  Recent guest conducting appearances include the WMEA Jr. All-State “Rainier” Band (2017), the South-West Washington Small Schools Honor Band (2018), the Lake Washington SD Honor Band (2018), and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) Honor Band in Kobe, Japan (2019).  He holds degrees from the University of Idaho (BME and MM in Saxophone Performance) and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University.

Dr. Gerhardstein is currently serving as the President of the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA).  He makes his home in Tacoma, WA with his wife Jerilyn, a teacher librarian in the Bethel School District.

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