Chris Miertschin is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Bethel College in North Newton, KS. His duties include music direction of the Wind Ensemble and Threshold Athletic Band, Brass Lessons, and teaching additional music and music education courses. Chris is also a member of the horn section for the Salina Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Wind Symphony, regularly performs in the pit orchestra of Theatre Salina, maintains a brass studio, and is an in-demand freelance horn and trombone player in central Kansas.
Previously, Chris served as Director of Athletic Bands at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas. His duties included directing the Athletic Band, coordinating recruitment, and teaching Brass Instrument Methods. From 2017-21, Chris was Director of Bands at Hutchinson Community College, conducting the Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, and Blue Dragon Pep Band. He completed his Master of Music Performance degree at the University of Georgia (UGA) in May 2017. At UGA, Chris performed with the British Brass Band under the direction of renowned trumpeter Phil Smith, studied conducting with Jackie Hartenberger, and horn with Jean Martin-Williams. Chris' Bachelor's degree is in Music Education, which he earned from Kansas State University in 2015, where he studied horn under Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter and conducting under Frank Tracz and Don Linn.