Joseph Dean Kravig
Dean Kravig, a conductor and French horn performer, has taught music for over twenty years in five academies and at one university in the Seventh-day Adventist school system. He is an active and sought-after ensemble player and soloist.
Dean and his twin brother, Kenton, were two of four children and the youngest of three sons of Franklin Joy and Alma W. Lushik Kravig. Both parents were music teachers and provided their children with excellent musical training and guidance. All have been significant participants in music wherever they have lived.
Dean attended Walla Walla College, where he completed a B.Mus.Ed. in 1986. He would subsequently teach music at Guam Adventist, Far Eastern, Cascade Christian, and Walla Walla Valley academies. During his last year of teaching at WWVA, 2000-2001, he also taught horn at Walla Walla University and Whitman College.
From 2001 until 2006 he was program director at the All Nations Center, a ministry of the Wapato, Washington, Adventist church for Native Americans. During that time he completed an M.Mus. in horn performance at Central Washington University in 2004. He is presently director of the band and instrument program at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Washington, and adjunct professor of horn at Walla Walla University, positions he has held since 2006.
An accomplished French horn player, Kravig has been principal horn in the Walla Walla Symphony for more than a decade and has performed as a soloist with the symphony on three occasions. For both the 2005 and 2010 General Conference sessions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he was asked by the GC to organize and direct an international brass choir. He and his wife, Lorrie (Turner), a horn player who assists in the symphony, have four daughters, all of whom are active in music.
Sources: Information provided by Dean Kravig, 2008 and 2012, and personal knowledge.