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Woodwinds Day

Woodwind Day 2018 group photo
Woodwind Day 2018 group photo

The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts will be hosting SDSU Woodwinds Day for middle and high school woodwind players on Saturday, March 17, 2018 on the campus of South Dakota State University. Last year was our biggest year ever, and we look forward to another fun-filled day! This is a day to help your students with a variety of topics, including technique, tone, scales, vibrato, articulation, and warming up. We’ll be discussing audition preparation and how to deal with those pesky nerves. Current SDSU music students will be assisting throughout the day and will lead a discussion of opportunities to stay involved with music during college. 

The day will also include performances by faculty and students. Everyone will join in the big flute, clarinet, or saxophone choir finale! Parts will be sent out in advance so students are able to prepare. 

Students of all ages and abilities are welcome and they will certainly take away information that will strengthen your band. This event costs only $5 per student, and each student will receive a souvenir t-shirt. A schedule and registration form in included with this letter. 

In order to get the ensemble music to you in a timely fashion, we ask that you register your students by February 16, 2018. Send registration forms to: 

Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce
South Dakota State University
Lincoln Music Center, Box 2212
Brookings, SD 57007
Email Dr. Yonce
605-688-6836


We are pleased to announce our 2018 Flute Guest Artist: Misty Theisen

Flutist Misty Thiesen
Misty Thiesen

Misty Theisen received degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Music Education (B.M.Ed.) and Flute Performance (M.M.) where she studied with Sharon Lebsack. While teaching across the southeastern United States and at Worth Abbey in West Sussex, England, she studied with internationally recognized soloists Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund Davies, and Wissam Boustany.

Theisen has performed regularly with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. As a soloist with a large ensemble, she has performed Cimarosa’s Concerto in G, Doppler’s Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise, and Chaminade’s Concertino. Theisen won the state level of the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Woodwind Competition in 2004 and proceeded to take honorable mention at the regional MTNA competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Misty Theisen is a member of Duo Fujin, a professional flute and saxophone ensemble that has concertized across the United States. A tireless advocate of contemporary music, Theisen has given the world premiere of several compositions that have been commissioned by and dedicated to her. In 2015, she presented a lecture performance on Neil Anderson-Himmelspach's Gonzo and the Velocipede (composed for Duo Fujin) at the Mid-South Flute Festival at the University of Alabama. From 2012 to 2014, Misty Theisen served as the Tau B Province Officer for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. In the western North Carolina area, Theisen performs on multiple woodwind instruments and piano for professional and educational musical theater productions.