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Jacob Wallace

Jacob Wallace


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center



Mailing Address

Performing Arts Center 131
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


An accomplished conductor, educator, adjudicator, and writer, Jacob Wallace is an emergent personality in the performance of contemporary instrumental music. His efforts to present innovative and approachable programming of new works have brought modern trends to atypical places, with performances being lauded by audiences and professionals alike. Ensembles under his direction have presented world, national, and regional premieres by such composers as Rusty Banks, John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Jonathan Newman, and James Syler, among others.

Prior to his appointment at SDSU, he served as Director of Bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where his active efforts included the new music initiative projekt (n), which engages student musicians directly with composers in collaborations on new works for wind ensemble. His writings on music have been published in seven volumes of GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and he has become known for a series of engaging program notes, commissioned directly from a number of composers, which have helped fresh audiences understand new works on their first listening. During summers, he serves as principal conductor and a faculty member for the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Tuscany, Italy.


D.M.A. The University of Georgia, 2009
M.M. Baylor University, 2006
B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004

Academic Interests/Expertise

Wind Band Performance and Literature, Conducting Pedagogy, Contemporary Music, Theory

Academic Responsibilities

Symphonic Band, “The Pride of the Dakotas” Marching Band, Athletic Pep Bands, Conducting, Music Theory, Music Education Supervision.

Specialty Area

  • Instrumental (Concert and Athletic Bands, Conducting, Music Ed)

Professional Memberships

College Band Directors National Association
National Association for Music Education
South Dakota Bandmasters Association
Pi Kappa Lambda
Kappa Kappa Psi.