“I choose to compose because I enjoy it and music is in my gene pool.”
Dr. Stan Pethel is Professor of Music Ermiritus at Berry College near Rome, Georgia. He has been on the music faculty there since 1973, having served as Chair of Fine Arts from 1994 to 2013. He holds Bachelor of Music, and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Georgia and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. In addition to his duties as Chair of Fine Arts at Berry College, Dr. Pethel taught music theory, composition and arranging, world music, and low brass lessons.
He is a widely published composer and arranger with over 1300 works published with 27 different publishers. His writing includes works for choir, piano, organ/piano duet, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, handbells, solo instrument and piano, and various chamber music ensembles. He is a regular recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award. Dr. Pethel has served as minister of music several area churches.
He is married to Jo Ann Pethel, a pianist and music educator. They have three children and five grandchildren.
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