Meet Mr. Erne
Richard Erne, grew up in LaPorte, IN. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his Masters in Conducting degree at Michigan State University. He continues his education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. Mr. Erne has been teaching since 1991. Prior to his current position as a part of the Reeths-Puffer instrumental music staff, Mr. Erne taught at Battle Creek Pennfield Schools, as well as Grand Haven Area Public Schools where he served as Chairman of the Music Department and taught band and orchestra.
Mr. Erne’s honors include consistently Superior ratings at District and State Festivals for his ensembles through the years. In 2007 the Reeths-Puffer MS Symphonic Band was selected and performed at the prestigious Michigan Music Conference. Mr. Erne has commissioned 2 works for band: Vastness of the North, Daniel Kovats and Whale Warriors, Brian Balmages. He was nominated by District 7 for Teacher of the Year in 1999 and again in 2005. Mr. Erne was awarded twice the Educator Achievement Award from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation in 1998 and in 1999. His bands have performed and traveled to St. Louis, Washington D.C., Chicago, Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Mr. Erne has remained involved at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in many capacities since 1987, ranging from cabin counselor to Program Coordinator as well as conducting. Currently he is the Director of Arts Programs. As a trumpet player, he has performed in the Blue Lake Festival Band under the direction of Dr. Harry Begian, as well as cornet and tenor horn with the Brass Band of Battle Creek.
In the all the years of Mr. Erne’s teaching, he has been dedicated to the music education of his students. His wife, Heidi Stansell, is the Vice-President of Finance and Operations at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and they have two beautiful children: Grace and Jack. Mr. Erne’s hobbies include mountain biking, skiing, running, sailing and coaching soccer.