Pine Island Middle and High Schools
6th Grade General Music, Grades 5-12 Orchestra
Mr. Mish has been teaching in Pine Island since graduating from the University
of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1986. He earned a Master of Arts in Music Education
from the University of St. Thomas in 2006. In 2011, he was recognized as the Pine Island Teacher of
the Year. He resides in Pine Island with his wife Kathy Shepel, their two daughters, two cats and poodle.
At school, he leads the 5th Grade Orchestra, Philharmonia (grades 6-7),
Sinfonia(grades 8-9) and Symphony (grades 10-12) orchestras. He coaches the
Music Listening teams with Mrs. Hoppe. He directs the three jazz orchestra
ensembles: Jazz Junior (grades 6-8), Jazz Strings #2 (grades 8-10) and Jazz Strings #1 (grades 10-12)
which meet before school.
Besides teaching orchestra in Pine Island, he plays double bass in the
Rochester Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Co-Director of Music at the
First Unitarian Universalist Church in Rochester, MN. He currently
serves on the board of the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest. He is active
as a composer and arranger of music. He is a member of the American String
Teachers Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Music
Educators National Conference and the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.
All music students will aspire to achieve a high level of music artistry and
literacy in the areas of performing, creating, responding and understanding;
thus preparing each student to be a lifelong contributor to a more artistic