Dr. Craig Fuchs is Professor of Music, Director of the Honors College, and Director of the Bachelor of General Studies Program at Pittsburg State University. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and teaching conducting and wind literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Fuchs holds degrees in music education from Missouri Western State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Fuchs had ten years of teaching experience in the public schools of Kansas and Missouri prior to moving to the collegiate level.
In his role as Director of the Honors College, Fuchs is responsible for the recruitment of high achieving students to the university, and facilitating an enriched academic experience during their time at PSU. Through specialized general education course offerings, on-campus workshops, off-campus experiences, study abroad, and international travel experiences, Honors College students are given the opportunity to expand their educational experiences in a variety of ways.
In the musical realm, Dr. Fuchs has had numerous articles published in The Instrumentalist magazine. Under his leadership, the PSU Wind Ensemble performed at the 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016 KMEA Music Conventions. Dr. Fuchs is in high demand as a conductor/clinician for regional and district honor bands as well as maintaining an active schedule as an adjudicator in the marching band arena each fall.
Dr. Fuchs' international conducting and adjudication experiences have taken him to England, France, and The Netherlands. In 2009 and 2010, Fuchs expanded this international experience to South America where he appeared as a guest conductor with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional del Paraguay in Ascuncion, Paraguay. As a guest of the orchestra and the US Embassy in Paraguay, Fuchs conducted one of the ten subscription series concerts of this ensemble each summer. While in Paraguay, he was also invited to work with the Conservatory Band and the National Police Academy Band. Fuchs made a return trip to Paraguay in the summer of 2013 to once again conduct the OSN, as well as serve as the Festival Orchestra Conductor of the 3rd FADA International Music Festival.
In November of 2010, Fuchs traveled to Forteleza, Brazil where he appeared as guest conductor of the Orquestra de Camara Eleazar de Carvalho, a professional chamber orchestra in northeast Brazil. In addition, he also conducted two concerts of the Pindoretama Wind Orchestra, a student orchestra based in Pindoretama, Brazil.
Dr. Fuchs was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Missouri Western State University in October of 2010 and was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award from PSU in 2001 and 2012.
Fuchs had an active career as a performer on trumpet and was a member of the T.D. Pack Band, the official band of the Kansas City Chiefs, for 13 seasons. Dr. Fuchs holds memberships in NCHC, MENC, KMEA, KBA, NBA, CBDNA, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.
Dr. Fuchs resides in Pittsburg, Kansas with his wife Kelly and their two children, Kelsey and Caleb.
Dr. Fuchs was honored with the 2012 Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award by the Student Government Association from student nominees of faculty that demonstrate excellence in instruction and service to students on campus.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic BandThe Pride of the Plains Marching Band
D.M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Missouri, U.S.A.
M.S. in Music Education, University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.
B.S. in Music Education, Missouri Western State College, Missouri, U.S.A.