Inducted in 2019
John M. Buehler was raised in Claflin, where his music teachers included Richard
Hinkson, Gerald Kiper, Evelyn Gibler, and J. Alfred Casad. He earned degrees from Fort
Hays University (BME) where his music teachers included Donald Stout, Lyle Dilley, and
Alison Atkins, Wichita State University (MME), where his teachers included James
Hardy, Howard Ellis, and H. C. Boughton, and University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA),
studying with LeRoy Pogemiller and Eph Ehly. He taught eager and able students choral
music in public schools in Ashland, Sublette, Hugoton, and Winfield before being
appointed Director of Choral Studies at Baker University, where he taught for 25 years.
His instrumental teaching colleagues included Craig Harms, Russell Branden, Roger
Kugler, Larry Williams, Marion Roberts, Trilla Lyerla, J.D. Parr, and Ray James.
He was also an active church musician directing church choirs in Sublette, Hugoton,
Winfield, Shawnee Mission, and Baldwin City, in addition to working as the National Vice
President of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. He was the
conductor of the Lawrence Civic Choir (1985-1990) and lead that group in two European
concert tours. He continued active professional service and work as the conductor and
artistic director of the Cannon Beach Chorus, and served as the Oregon ACDA Lifelong
Music R & R Chair and R & R Chair for Community Choruses.
Dr. Buehler directed choirs in performances at KMEA In-Service Workshops, and in
local, regional, and international concert performances in the UK, Europe, and Asia. He
served as KMEA District President-Elect, and KMEA State Choral Chair, under the
leadership of F. Robert Hollowell, Kenneth Thompson, and Robert Steinbauer, as well as
KCDA Collegiate R & R Chair. He was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Baldwin City
Lions Club, and received the Exemplary Teacher Award from Baker University and the
Board of Higher Education Ministry (1995). Dr. Buehler received the KCDA Harry Robert
Wilson award in 2009.
Significant in his teaching success was his professional collaboration with his wife, Dr.
Susan Buehler, who served as accompanist for nearly all his choral teaching.