Elkhart Central High School 
Music Department

Elkhart Central has an excellent, well-rounded music department with course offerings for the non-performer as well as the performer. During 2014-2015, all fourteen of the ECHS music ensembles which entered Indiana State School Music Association events received Gold ratings. Below is shown a representative from each ensemble with their group's plaque. Several ensembles received "With Distinction" accolades and the ECHS Symphony Orchestra was named one of the top eight orchestras in the state of Indiana, performing in the ISSMA State Finals.



The ECHS campus has three large music ensemble rehearsal rooms, a 16-station piano keyboard/computer lab (to see photographs, click HERE), twelve practice rooms,  and a 900-seat auditorium as well as a dedicated practice field and tower for the marching band program.  To view the layout of the Performing Arts wing of the building, click HERE.

THANK YOU to the ECHS Class of 1984 for their donation of funds to purchase a new conductor's podium for the auditorium stage! It is greatly appreciated.


For further information about the department and opportunities for students, click on the links below:

2015-2016 Proposed Music Department class schedule 

Click here to read descriptions of music courses offered for the 2015-2016 academic year

Band Information - Blazer Brigade (marching band), Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band

Orchestra Information - Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz String Ensemble

Choir Information - Concert Choir, "Shades of Blue," Ninth Grade Women's ChoirMen's ChoirBlazer ChoraleBlazer Boulevard Singers

AP Music Theory - assignment schedule spring semester 2015, online resources, course syllabus (revision underway for fall semester 2015-2016)

Music Theory - approximate assignment schedule spring semester 2016, online resources, course syllabus (revision underway for 2015-2016)

Music News - news about ECHS music department students' achievements

Some links on pages of the Elkhart Central High School web site (www.blueblazers.org) and music department web pages will let you leave the school district site (www.elkhart.k12.in.us).  The linked sites are not under the control of the school and/or district, and the school and district are not responsible for the contents of any linked sites or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites.  The school and district are providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the district.

About the Music Department Faculty

The ECHS Music Department faculty are all highly qualified educators who provide ECHS students with a music education which will give the students the skills to continue their music enjoyment for life.

ECHS Music Department Telephone: 574-295-4743
Click HERE to view photographs of the
2014-2015 ECHS music department faculty.

To contact the 2015-2016 ECHS faculty and/or staff members
via email, click on the appropriate name below.

Laura Baier
Staff Choral Accompanist
Jeramiah Bowman
(conducts the ECHS Marching Band, Concert Band,
and Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble;
assists with bands at NSMS and PMMS)
B.S., Ball State University

Dan Burton
Assistant Band Director 
(conducts the ECHS Concert Band and assists
with the ECHS Marching Band, is PMMS Band Director
B.S., Ball State University; M.S., Southern Oregon University

Sandra Carnall
Assistant Band Director 
(assists with ECHS Bands and is NSMS Band Director)
B.S., Ball State University; M.S., Bethel College

Daniel Farison
Choral Director and Piano Class Teacher 
(conducts the ECHS Men's Choir, assists with Ninth Grade Women's
Blazer Boulevard Singers, and Blazer Chorale,
and is PMMS Choral Director)

B.S., Central Michigan University

Lynne Gwin
Assistant Band Director
(assists with ECHS Bands and bands at NSMS)
B.M.E., Butler University; M.M.E., VanderCook College of Music

Jeffery Hatfield
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras, conducts ECHS Chamber
Orchestra, and is NSMS Orchestra Director)
B.S., Central Michigan University; M.S., Indiana University

Kyle Miller
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras and is PMMS Orchestra Director)

B.M.E., Indiana State University

William Niederer
Music Department Chair/Choral Director
(conducts ECHS Concert Choir, "Shades of Blue," and Ninth Grade Women's Choir, assists with the Men's Choir, and teaches
music theory and Advanced Placement Music Theory)
B.S., Indiana State University; M.S., Indiana State University

Jeffrey Reinert
Choral Director
(conducts ECHS Blazer Chorale and Blazer Boulevard Singers,
assists with Ninth Grade Women's Choir and Men's Choir,
and is Choral Director at NSMS)
B.S., Indiana University; M.S., Ball State University

Kyle Weirich
Orchestra Director
(conducts ECHS Jazz String Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, and 
Symphony Orchestra, and assists with orchestras at PMMS)
B.M., Western Michigan University; M.M.E., VanderCook College of Music

Tracey Weirich
Music Department Secretary
B.S., Western Michigan University; M.S., Indiana University

Click here to read descriptions of music courses offered for the 2015-2016 academic year