Bernardo Miethe, D.M.A
Dr. Bernardo Miethe started his musical studies in 1996, at the age of 9, within El Sistema of Venezuela in the Carabobo Music Conservatory. He was the principal flute at the Carabobo’s Youth Orchestra from age 15 to age 17. As a flutist, Miethe has played first flute for pieces such as Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Ravel’s Bolero, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, Strauss Till Eulenspiegel and many others; as well as alto flute for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Miethe played, at the age of 15, in the Venezuelan National Symphonic Band conducted by Berliner Philharmonic’s trumpet player Thomas Clamor. Miethe was also in the Ad-Libitum woodwind quintet and during his three years in that ensemble, he received master classes with the Berlin Philharmonic woodwind Quintet in two music festivals and Arturo Marquez in another festival. Miethe has also received conducting master classes with Carlos Miguel Prieto and Stephen Cleobury. Miethe is the conductor of the flute choir during the Mississippi Flute Festival every summer.
Miethe holds a degree in flute performance from USM (Danilo Mezzadri, professor), a master’s degree in wind conducting from the same institution (Thomas V. Fraschillo, professor), and a D.M.A. in orchestral conducting with Carlos Riazuelo at LSU with a minor in choral conducting (John Dickson, professor). In this institution, Miethe had the privilege to conduct such works as Stravinsky’s Firebird, Schumann’s 4th Symphony, Arturo Marquez’ Danzon, and more. Miethe has guest conducted ensembles such as: the USM Wind Ensemble, the USM Symphonic Winds, the LSU Philharmonia, the LSU symphony orchestra, the LSU A Capella Choir, the LSU Chamber Singers, The Walters State Community College Choir, and the Rapides Symphony. In 2013, he got appointed by audition as the assistant conductor of the Rapides Symphony in Louisiana until moving to Tennessee in 2015. Miethe currently works as an adjunct professor at Carson Newman University and Walters State Community College and is also the music director at Peace Lutheran Church in Knoxville.