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Pride Clarinets
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Greetings from the Clarinet Studio at South Dakota State University!  I am very excited to be part of a school with a tremendous number of opportunities for our students.  Whether your interests include one of our music degree options or performing in our great ensembles, I would like to share with you some upcoming events and reasons to consider SDSU for your next academic endeavor.

As the full-time clarinet teacher I am always available for my clarinet students.  This is very important in order for you to reach your full potential while in school.  I am also very excited to have started the “Windy Jacks” Clarinet Ensemble.  The group is open to all clarinetists at SDSU.  Our large ensembles include the “Pride of the Dakotas” Marching Band, Symphonic and Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles and the SDSU-Civic Symphony

I hope you will visit campus and see for yourself the exciting programs and ensembles SDSU has to offer.  Contact me when you visit and we can meet, have a free lesson together and attend any events or classes that may interest you.  Maybe you would like to work on All-State auditions or simply play some duets.

SDSU Quick Facts

SDSU Brookings, SD named the #1 safest college town by SafeWise


SDSU’s academic reputation opens doors in every field.  After commencement, 95 percent of our new grads get great jobs and this includes music.

Research- Yes, all universities do research, however, SDSU is also the land grant institution of South Dakota.

Campus Life - Be Great, Start Here…and do anything while you’re here

Division I Athletics: Cheer on the Jacks in Frost Arena at a Division I basketball.

Student Union: the “living room” of campus—and it recently got a $10 million makeover.

Dairy Bar: homemade ice cream or have some coffee at one of the Java City coffee shops on campus.

Performing Arts Center, Wellness Center, Student Union


SDSU represents a tremendous value.

Competitive tuition and fees, then award financial aid to about 87 percent of our students (average package = more than $8,000).

We provide more than $5 million in scholarships and $60 million in financial aid every year.

Jackrabbit Guarantee- awards each new freshman who scores above 24 on the ACT (or 1090 on the SAT) $1,000 in scholarship funds per year for four years.

Music Scholarships and Woodbine Scholars Program- In 2015, over $135,000 in talent-based awards were accepted by entering freshmen and returning students.  Scholarships are in addition to any other financial aid.

Windy Jacks
Windy Jacks

SDSU Music Program Ensembles and Travel Opportunities

Civic Symphony, Jazz Ensembles, Pride of the Dakotas, Symphonic and Concert Bands

Check out Pride of the Dakotas on Facebook!



 Calendar of studio related events:


[coming soon]


Hope to see you there!


Dr. Michael Walsh
Dr. Michael Walsh

Dr. Michael Walsh

Dr. Michael Walsh is Associate Professor of Clarinet at South Dakota State University where he also teaches Music History and directs the “Windy Jacks” Clarinet Ensemble. He currently serves as President of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).  Walsh received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Miami, FL and holds the distinction as being the first student to earn the D.M.A. in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Kansas.

He is a member of the Miami Clarinet Quartet which has performed at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Festival Miami concert series and multiple times at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest

Prior to his appointment at SDSU, he taught at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and worked as Musicologist Assistant for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Guest Artists:

Jon Manasse, soloist and Julliard faculty

Imani Winds

Dr. Cecilia Kang, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Furman University

Dr. Margaret Donaghue, Professor of Clarinet, University of Miami

Dr. Larry Maxey, Professor of Clarinet (retired), University of Kansas

Dr. Ani Berberian, United States Air Force Academy Band

For more information please email Dr. Michael Walsh, or phone the SDSU Music Program at 605-688-5187.