New director to lead WSU music school

New director to lead WSU music school

The WSU School of Music is now under new leadership, with former Director Greg Yasinitsky stepping down and associate professor Dean Luethi taking over.

Luethi, who hails from Wisconsin and identifies as a Green Bay Packers fan, teaches several vocal ensembles and other classes, including a treble choir, tenor and base choir, choral methods and studio voice. He also supervises student teaching.

He said he first realized his passion for music in middle school, when a teacher told him he had a talent for it.

“I was just thinking it was a fun opportunity,” he said, “not realizing this might be a career path.”

He said music gave him confidence and his early experiences led him to the realization that he had the ability to study it after high school. Growing up, he was involved in choir and musicals, and at one point he set his sights on Broadway. After he went to college, he decided to make teaching music the focus of his career.

Since graduating, he’s taught music at various public schools and three state universities, and also earned a doctorate. Outside of teaching, Luethi has performed solos and has been a member of several ensembles and musical groups.

He traveled to Poland and Germany with the Richard Zielinski Singers, singing baritone, and accompanied WSU students to the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, where he co-directed a performance. He has also performed with the WSU faculty ensemble and performed a solo recital on campus.

As director of the School of Music, he hopes to raise the digital profile of students, faculty and the program.