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In-Service Music Conference

February 7-9, 2019

The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts is pleased to host South Dakota’s music teachers as they meet in Brookings for the 51st Annual SDSU Choral Day and the 83rd Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Association Conference Clinic. We hope that you will place the 2019 In-Service Music Conference on your calendar.

Boston Brass to Headline 83rd Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Conference

Boston Brass
Boston Brass

For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through over 100 performances each year, they have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, and the Royal Academy of Music. Boston Brass is a Yamaha Performing Group and has been featured educators and performers at the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Japan Band Clinic, Music Educators National Conferences, American Bandmaster Association Conference, The American Band College, Western International Band Clinic and Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.


Stephen Bolstad to serve as Conductor-in-Residence for South Dakota Bandmasters Conference.

Stephen Bolstad
Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad has served as the Director of Bands and Professor of Wind Conducting at James Madison University since Fall 2007. In addition to overseeing the University’s comprehensive band program, his specific duties include conducting the JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, teaching courses in wind literature/conducting and leading the Masters and Doctoral program in Wind Conducting. Under Dr. Bolstad’s direction, the JMU band program has hosted a number of guest composer residencies and received accolades from composers David Maslanka, John Mackey, Don Freund, Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, Daniel McCarthy and Brian Balmages. Recently Dr. Bolstad has led consortium premieres of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 8, Puckett’s The Shadows of Sirius, and Anthony Plog’s Concerto 2010.


Scott Rush to Present on “Habits” Book Series

Scott Rush
Scott Rush

Scott Rush is the Director of Fine and Performing Arts in Dorchester School District Two in South Carolina and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as conductor of the Charleston Wind Symphony, a semi-professional ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mr. Rush is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. He is lead writer for the Habits series with GIA Publications.

Mr. Rush has served as President of the South Carolina Band Directors Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Band Association. In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in 2011 was awarded the Bandworld “Legion of Honor.” In 2015, he was elected into the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame and in 2016 was awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Award by the ASBDA for contributions to music education.


Offutt Brass
Offutt Brass

The Offutt Brass to Perform Special Saturday Concert

Performing on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Open to the Public

The Offutt Brass, the brass ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Comprised of two trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion, Offutt Brass showcases the Air Force’s excellence and precision in every performance with a diverse repertoire featuring classical selections, patriotic favorites, jazz and popular music, new compositions and distinctive arrangements. In addition to community concerts, Offutt Brass also performs patriotic music and fanfares for military ceremonies and important civic events throughout Nebraska and other areas of the Midwest. As professional Airman, Offutt Brass is committed to inspiring our American public, communicating our Air Force core values, and honoring our nation’s veterans through the power of music. They are proud to represent our nation’s Airmen who fly, fight and win in air and space.


Brian Schmidt to Conduct Choral Day’s Festival of Mixed Voices

Brian Schmidt
Brian Schmidt

Brian A. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Choral Music at Baylor University and conductor of the Baylor A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. He also teaches the graduate choral conducting and literature courses and guides graduate conducting recitals. Schmidt is founder and Artistic Director of the South Dakota Chorale, a professional choir based in Sioux Falls, SD and has grown the ensemble’s artistic presence through commercial recordings and an international recording contract in 2014 with PENTATONE, a Dutch classical label. Previously Schmidt served at Duke University Chapel where he conducted the Duke Vespers Ensemble.  

Schmidt holds an undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University and the MM and DMA degrees from University of North Texas, where he studied with Jerry McCoy and Richard Sparks.


Barb Sletto to Conduct Elementary Festival Honor Choir

Barb Sletto
Barb Sletto

Barbara Sletto is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Heartland Youth Choir of Des Moines. Barbara is an Assistant Professor at Drake University in Des Moines where she conducts the Drake Women's Chorale.

Prior to her work with the Heartland Youth Choir, she was the Artistic Director of the Iowa Youth Chorus, the Des Moines Children's Choruses, the Anderson Area Children's Choir of Anderson, Indiana, and the Lakes Treble Choir of Minnesota.  Barbara has also guest conducted at various summer choir camps throughout the United States.

Barbara completed a Masters of Arts in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in St.Paul, Minnesota, and is trained in Orff and Dalcroze methodology. She has fulfilled twelve commissioned works for treble choirs, and has published with Plymouth, Colla Voce, and Alliance publishers.


Band Performances:

  • The Augustana Band
  • Northern State University Symphonic Band
  • Sioux Falls O’Gorman Catholic High School Concert Band
  • Sioux Falls O’Gorman Catholic Middle School Band
  • South Dakota State University Wind Symphony
  • Tea Area High School Concert Band

Choir Performances:

  • Brookings High School Choir
  • Chester High School Concert Choir
  • Elementary Festival Honor Choir
  • Festival of Mixed Voices Honor Choir
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln High School Concert Choir
  • Skutt Catholic High School Choir of Omaha
  • South Dakota State University Concert Choir