Dr. Jerome M. Bierschenk became the department head for the music department in the school of arts and letters at Texas Wesleyan University June 1. 2014.
Bierschenk has been playing the trumpet for more than 50 years and has over 20 years in band director experience. He received his doctrine in musical arts and choral conducting at the University of North Texas in 2003.
In his new role, Bierschenk hopes to increase the university’s number of music majors and grow the department, he said.
“My top priority is to take a big jump forward in the number of music majors we have,” said Bierschenk. “I want to see a steady growth in the performance levels of students as well as new involvement.”
Bierschenk’s goal is to draw more awareness to the department from others in the DFW area, he said.
“We are already attracting good caliber students,” he said. “There are more students auditioning than ever before.”
Bierschenk wants to continue to build up the good reputation of the music department and attract students, Alumni, and music lovers of the area.
Bierschenk has been teaching at the university since fall of 2007. In addition to being the department chairman he is an associate professor of music, director of coral studies and oversees choir, aural skills, and conducting. In addition he also teaches private trumpet and voice lessons.
Prior to joining the Wesleyan music family, Bierschenk taught in the music department at Tarrant county college South campus and was the director of the Texas Boys’ Choir.
Bierschenk started the fundraiser Friends of Wesleyan Music in the fall of 2014.
It is a good opportunity to give back to the university, Bierschenk said.
“Friends of Wesleyan Music allows people to donate to the department and stay connected with the university,” Bierschenk said.
By becoming a friend of Wesleyan Music donor, supporters are helping to assure that Texas Wesleyan University can continue to develop their performers, teachers, and art’s patrons, according to txwes.edu/music.
The program is off to a good start, Bierschenk said.
“We have already raised more than $5, 000,” he said.
Bierschenk is really enjoying the new challenges that go along with being the music department head, he said.
“It is always fun to learn something new,” Bierschenk said. “I have always had a passion for music.
He started playing the trumpet when he was 12-years-old and attended the University of North Texas as an undergrad on a Trumpet scholarship.
Hunter Marks, freshmen mass communication major, Wesleyan music scholar, and violinist, said Bierschenk is a great role model and music director.
“He is very good at keeping everything organized,” said Marks. “He is a very talented musician and fully understands musicianship.”
Julian Rodriguez, freshmen music education major said, Bierschenk has really taken major steps to allow students to become better musicians both professionally and academically.
“Bierschenk is definitely getting students involved,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like there is a more student welcoming atmosphere.”
Crystal Sanchez, Music office assistant, said she has seen a lot of great changes since Dr. Bierschenk became head of the department.
“There has been such great improvement with the department as a whole,” said Sanchez. “It is amazing to see this in action.”
The department has really grown over the last year, said Sanchez.
“I have noticed an increase in the department’s communication and networking,” said Sanchez. “He is really putting the word out about our events.”