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In-Service Music Conference

February 8-10, 2018

The South Dakota State University Department of Music is pleased to host South Dakota’s music teachers as they meet in Brookings for the 50th Annual SDSU Choral Day, and the 82nd Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Association Clinic. We hope that you will place the 2017 In-Service Music Conference on your calendar.

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John Mackey to Headline 82nd Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Conference

Guest artist John Mackey
John Mackey

John Mackey holds degrees from the Julliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb, respectively.  John has received commissions from the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Youth Symphony, the New York City Ballet, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the American Bandmasters Association, and many universities, high schools, middle schools, and military bands.  The US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics performing to John’s music. 

He is a two-time recipient of the ABA/Ostwald Prize, first for “Redline Tango”, and then for “Aurora Awakes.”  He has served as composer-in-residence at the Vail Valley Music Festival, and with youth orchestras in Minneapolis and Seattle.  John was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2013 and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 


She-e Wu to serve as Artist-in-Residence for South Dakota Bandmasters Conference

Artist in Residence She-e Wu
She-e Wu

She-e Wu is associate professor of music and head of the percussion program at Northwestern University.  Ms. Wu is a clinician and recitalist for the Majestic, Mapex, Innovative Percussion, Evans, and Zildjian companies.  Her signature mallets with Innovative Percussion are available worldwide.

She-e has appeared as a solo artist at numerous Percussive Arts Society conventions, as well as percussion conferences across the globe.  She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, and has taught in conservatories in France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Greece, Taiwan, and others.  She has also performed with the Chicago and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras.   


Richard Canter to present “Scale and Rhythm Chunks” Band Method

Presenter Richard Canter
Richard Canter

Richard Canter serves as a band director for Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he directs beginning band, junior high and high school bands.  He has a passion for helping students reach their highest goals in music.  This passion led to creating the Scale & Rhythm Chunks program, a teaching tool that is used by bands throughout the United States and internationally.  Scale & Rhythm Chunks is endorsed by Dr. Tim Lautzenheizer as "a remarkable archetype that removes all the mystery associated with the task of becoming a proficient sight reader.  This beautifully created book is an idea whose time has come."  Mr. Canter's awards include Educator of the Year and winner of the Music Educator's National Conference Music Composition Competition.


Andrew Crow to Conduct Choral Day’s Festival of Men’s Voices

Choral conductor Andrew Crow
Andrew Crow

Crow joined the Ball State University faculty in 2009. As Director of Choral Activities, he leads the Ball State Statesmen and the Chamber Choir, teaches conducting and choral literature and supervises the choral graduate conducting program. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting degree, including studies with choral, orchestral, and wind ensembles at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, at Temple University, he earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in studies with Alan Harler and taught at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.

Dr. Crow has been active with professional organizations in choral music, serving on state and national boards for the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He has written several articles for the series Teaching Music through Performance in Choir from GIA Publications. He is passionate about male-voice ensembles and his writing and research interests include the intersection of music with other disciplines.

Sean Burton to Conduct Elementary Festival Honor Choir

Choral conductor Sean Burton
Sean Burton

Dr. Sean Burton serves Director of Choral Activities and Chairperson of the Department of Music at Briar Cliff University.  Additionally, he serves as director and conductor of the Siouxland Youth Symphony and previously served as the conductor of the Nebraska Children’s Chorus, Bel Canto.  Under his direction, Bel Canto sang for the 2008 National Conference of the Music Educator’s National Conference (since renamed NAfME.) 

Dr. Burton has been a featured presenter and conductor at the national, regional, and state level for such organizations as The American Choral Director’s Association, The National Association for Music Education, Iowa Music Educators Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association and Collegiate Music Society.  Dr. Burton is a veteran teacher who previously taught in the public school systems in Connecticut.  He holds degrees in music education and conducting from The Hartt School, Boston University and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, including extensive course work with early childhood music education expert, Dr. John Feierabend.


Choir Performances:

  • Elementary Festival Honor Choir
  • Festival of Men’s Voices Honor Choir
  • Pipestone (MN) Area High School Choir
  • Sioux Falls O’Gorman Concert Choir
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School President’s Men
  • Tea Area High School Concert Choir

Band Performances:

  • Brandon Valley H.S.
  • Lennox Junior H.S. Band
  • Roosevelt H.S. Band
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln H.S. Band
  • South Dakota State University Wind Band Ensemble
  • West Central 8th Grade Band
  • University of South Dakota Symphonic Band

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