Casper College

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Dr. Joshua R. Mietz is the Instructor of Woodwind and Jazz at Casper College in Casper, WY. 

While earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nebraska, Mietz enjoyed a diverse career as a clarinetist and performed in several long-standing chamber ensembles and many of the university’s large ensembles as well as area orchestras.  In addition to studying clarinet with Diane Barger, he also studied conducting with Carolyn Barber.  For his doctoral document, Mietz analyzed David Maslanka’s Desert Roads for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble.  Maslanka remarked that the document was, “thorough,” “insightful,” and a “pioneering work that opens doors for others to follow.”  Future research includes further exploration of the works of Maslanka and include works for clarinet and piano as well as clarinet trio. 

While at the University of Montana, Missoula, Mietz served as the E-flat/bass clarinetist with the Missoula Symphony and studied clarinet with Maxine Ramey and conducting with Stephan Bolstad, Kevin Griggs, and Luis Milan.  As a graduate teaching assistant, he taught Applied Clarinet, Clarinet Choir, and the Language of Music. 

Prior to his study at the University of Montana, Mietz taught junior high and high school band and orchestra in public schools in Colorado as well as performed with the Denver Pops Orchestra under the baton of Zina Richardson. Mietz received a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance in 2001 from the University of Colorado-Boulder and studied with Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, Phillip Aaholm, and Allan McMurray (conducting).  Additionally, Mietz completed the requirements as a Certified Massage Therapist at the Denver School of Massage Therapy where he subsequently acquired positions both at local clinics as well as taught cadaver-based Human Anatomy at the Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment. 

In his spare time, Mietz enjoys ultra-marathon running, fly-fishing, mountaineering and is an active member of Lancaster 54 AF & AM.  He has finished the Hardrock 100, the Leadville Trail 100 in less than 25 hours, finished 8th in the 2008 Silver Rush 50 Mile, and qualified for the Boston Marathon six times.. At the time of this writing, he has run to the summit of 6 of the 54 Colorado 14-ers, a goal he aims to complete “someday.” He would also like to give a short recital on the top of a 14-er and is looking for collaborators up to the challenge.




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