2022 Music Education Summit

The 2021 Music Education Summit has been postponed to the 2022-23 academic year. The following is provided for information only. Please check back later for information on next year’s event.

September 28, 2019

Mary Baker Russell Music Center | Ron Gerhardstein and Linda Miller, Directors

Join PLU faculty, guest teachers, and interested students for the 4th annual PLU Music Education Summit! A variety of sessions will be offered including preparation for scholarship auditions, transitioning to college, and hear from PLU music education majors about college life.  At the end of the day, we will enjoy a free performance in the Lagerquist Concert Hall.  Register below.


12:45   Check-in and Registration
1:00     Welcome / Introductions / Making a Smooth Transition to College
1:30     Focus Sessions for Choir, Band and Orchestra, and Elementary General Music – Collegiate Auditions / Leadership / Conducting Basics
2:45     Break and Meet & Greet
3:00     PLU Student Panel
3:30    Careers in Music Education
4:00    Guest Teacher Panel
4:30    Showcase Concert (Free)


SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center



Registration fee: $10 due at the door (exact cash or check only)


Linda Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from New Mexico State University, a Master of Music and a Ph.D. in  Education from the University of Idaho.  Her teaching career includes all levels of music—kindergarten through graduate studies.

Ron Gerhardstein is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) where he teaches coursework in the music education curriculum and serves as the conductor of the PLU Concert Band.  In addition, he instructs Music 101 (Introduction to Music) and supervises music practicum and student teacher placements.

Richard Nance is Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University, where he conducts the Choir of the West and Choral Union. He also teaches the choral conducting sequence and supervises student teachers. Prior to coming to Pacific Lutheran, Dr. Nance taught at Amarillo College and in public schools in Texas and New Mexico. Nance holds bachelors and masters degrees from West Texas State University and the DMA degree from Arizona State University. He has studied conducting with Hugh Sanders, Douglas McEwen and David Stocker, and studied composition with Joseph Nelson and Randall Shinn.

Ed Powell is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is responsible for conducting the University Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band. Additionally, he teaches Conducting and Music Education courses. Dr. Powell comes to PLU via the University of Tennessee, where he was Assistant Director of Bands responsible for the Symphonic Band, the 350 member Pride of the Southland Marching Band, conducting courses and music education methods courses.