Dr. Stan Pethel is Professor Music Emeritus at Berry College near Rome, Georgia. He served on the music faculty there from 1973 until his retirement in 2016 serving as a Fine Arts department chair from 1994 to 2013. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Georgia and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Pethel taught music theory, music education, composition and arranging, world music, and low brass lessons.
He is a widely published composer and arranger with over 1,400 works in print from twenty‑eight different publishers. His writing includes works for choir, piano, organ/piano duet, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, handbells, solo instrument and piano, and various chamber music ensembles. He is a regular recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award.
He is married to Jo Ann Pethel, a pianist and music educator. They have three children and six grandchildren.