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The South Dakota State University Department of Music is pleased to host South Dakota’s music teachers as they meet in Brookings for the 49th Annual SDSU Choral Day, and the 81st Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Association Clinic. The conference is scheduled for February 9, 10, and 11, 2017. We hope that you will place the 2017 In-Service Music Conference on your calendar.

Download the 2017 In-Service Newsletter  **See bottom of page for correction

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Travis Cross to Headline 81st Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Conference

Travis Cross

Travis J. Cross serves as Associate Professor of Music and department Vice Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band and directs the graduate program in wind conducting.   As wind ensemble conductor for five years at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Cross led students in performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and developed the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute into a major summer conducting workshop.
Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Prior to graduate study, he taught for four years at Edina (Minn.) High School, where he conducted two concert bands and oversaw the marching band program.

Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, available from GIA Publications. His more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in several states, Canada, China, Korea, Thailand, and at the Midwest Clinic and leads honor bands and other ensembles in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia during the 2015–16 season.

Charles Lazarus serve as Artist-in-Residence for South Dakota Bandmasters Conference

Charles Lazarus

This trumpeter/composer’s eclectic career has been met with acclaim from critics worldwide. Lazarus made his main stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and currently the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been on the trumpet faculties of Princeton University and St. Olaf College, and has performed and taught master classes in every US state, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia.

He has performed with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montreal Symphony and has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and the Bach Society among others. He has recorded for television and Imax film scores, as well as major symphony orchestras and numerous classical, pop and jazz ensembles.




Yoder-White to conduct SDSU Choral Day’s Elementary Festival Honor Choir

Maribeth Yoder-White

Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White is a certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist and frequently presents workshops featuring her compositions and arrangements. She teaches Orff-Schulwerk certification courses at Appalachian State University and DeKalb County Schools, and serves as clinician and author for Silver Burdett Making Music and Silver Burdett Interactive Music. Additionally, Yoder-White maintains active participation in music education research and has presented papers and authored articles in international, national, regional, and state arenas. She was a presenter at the Spokane (2010) and Pittsburgh (2011) National American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conferences and has presented workshops to AOSA chapters in Washington, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She served as keynote presenter at the 2003 and 2005 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conferences in Honolulu and traveled to Thailand and Hong Kong in 2004 to present at the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) Conference. Yoder-White frequently works in international schools in Asia, teaching demonstration lessons and leading professional development workshops for teachers.


Carol Krueger to conduct SDSU Choral Day’s Festival of Women’s Voices

Carol Krueger

Carol Krueger is Director of Choral Studies at Valdosta State University where she oversees the choral program and serves as Associate Conductor to the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Previous faculty appointments include: Emporia State University, Florida Southern, University of South Carolina and the University of Montevallo. A native of Wisconsin, Krueger received her bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and both an M.M. and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami.

Krueger has conducted honor choirs throughout the country, and has presented interest sessions at both national and divsional conventions of the American Choral Directors National Association, as well as for the OAKE (Kodaly) National Convention. Krueger is widely recognized for her work with music literacy. Oxford University Press publishes her widely-used book, Progressive Sight Singing.


Band Performances:

  • Arlington M.S. Band
  • Augustana Band
  • Brookings H.S. Jazz
  • Canton H.S. Band
  • Huron H.S. Band
  • Northern State University Band
  • South Dakota State University Band

Choir Performances:

  • Brookings High School Concert Choir
  • Canton High School Concert Choir
  • Elementary Festival Honor Choir
  • Festival of Women’s Voices
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School Concert Choir
  • South Dakota State University Women’s Choir

**In the brochure, under Graduate Credit, the BOR link for tuition reduction is incorrect. Here is the correct link.