Joel Boettger is the Interim Director of Jazz Studies and Applied Single Reeds at Bethel College in North Newton, KS where he teaches Theory III and IV, Jazz History, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo I. In May of 2016 Joel graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY with an M.M. in Jazz Saxophone and Contemporary Media where he studied with Charles Pillow. Joel was honored to receive the George Marge Woodwind Scholarship during his studies at Eastman and played with Eastman Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bill Dobbins. Joel performs frequently in the Central Kansas area. Highlights include have been playing with Johnny Mathis and playing at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Prior to his studies at Eastman, Joel received his B.A. in Music Education from Bethel College and is a licensed a K-12 Educator in Kansas.