Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Christopher Werner directs the concert band, the jazz band and the pep band. He also directs the pit orchestra for the spring musicals and the college’s summer music camp.
For the eight years prior to joining Lakeland’s faculty, Werner served as instrumental music teacher and music department chair at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School. He was conductor of the Central Wind Ensemble, pep band, Grand Central Station Show Band and instructor of music theory.
Werner holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Nebraska. He has the distinction of being the first University of Nebraska DMA recipient of the Wind Conducting degree and also the first Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts F. Pace Woods Scholar in Music. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and master of music degree in wind conducting from the UW-Milwaukee.
Werner is the president for the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter, and is the vice-president for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. He has twice been awarded the “Citation of Excellence” from the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter.
Werner was active in commissioning new works for wind band. His Central bands participated in or organized consortiums with new music by several contemporary composers, and ensembles under his direction appeared at numerous state conventions in Wisconsin and Nebraska.
He is an accomplished clarinetist, serving as assistant principal clarinet for the La Crosse Concert Band, principal/assistant principal clarinet with the UW-La Crosse Choral Union and substitute assistant principal clarinet with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.