William Eash, professor of music, has taught at Bethel College since 1999. He is the director of choral activities at Bethel, where he is responsible for four choirs. He also teaches conducting and music history. Eash graduated from Bluffton (Ohio) College with a bachelor’s degree in music performance (voice and string bass), studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, and completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting at the University of Iowa.
In addition, while living in Iowa, Eash taught at Iowa Mennonite School in Kalona, founded the Eastern Iowa Men’s Chorus, the Kalona Community Choir and the Kalona Chamber Orchestra and directed the Mid-Prairie Children’s Choir. Eash has served as director of choral activities at the University of Evansville, Ind., and director of music and director of athletics at Newman University, Wichita.
As a church musician, he was director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville and director of music at Neu Chapel on the University of Evansville campus. He has prepared choruses for orchestral performances with Alfred Savia, Michael Luxnor and Margaret Hillis. Since moving to Kansas, Eash has served as clinician and guest conductor at, among others, the Heart of America Choral Festival, Wichita All City Middle School Chorus, Wichita Public Schools, Newton High School, Wyandote League Music Festival and Southeast Kansas Music Educators District Choir.