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In-Service Music Conference

February 11-13, 2021

Welcome to the 85th Annual South Dakota In-Service Music Conference 

Notice:  Due to the Pandemic, the 53rd Annual Choral Day will be re-scheduled for April 2021. Please check back later for additional information.

The 85th Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Association Clinic will be held virtually. The conference is free of charge but registration is required.  

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Dr. Virginia Allen

Dr. Virginia Allen

Dr. Virginia Allen is a conductor, music educator, arranger, and consultant in Philadelphia. She is an adjunct faculty member at The Juilliard School, where she currently teaches The Art of Teaching in the Music Studio.  Additionally, Virginia taught conducting at The Curtis Institute of Music and University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Prior to teaching on the college level, Virginia enjoyed a 20-year career as a conductor and administrator in the U.S. Army Bands Program and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. As a pioneer for women in military bands she was the first woman to command and conduct an active-duty military band that integrated women and men when she was appointed principal conductor of the U.S. Army Forces Command Band in Atlanta.

Dr. Rodney Dorsey
Dr. Rodney Dorsey

Dr. Rodney Dorsey

Dr. Rodney Dorsey Rodney Dorsey is professor of music in bands and chair of the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a position he has held since fall 2018. He is the conductor of the internationally recognized Indiana Wind Ensemble and guides all aspects of the graduate wind-conducting program. Dorsey’s positions have included director of bands at the University of Oregon, associate director of Bands at the University of Michigan, associate professor of music at DePaul University, and director of Athletic Bands at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He also taught public school for eight years in Florida and Georgia.

Dr. Jenny L. Neff
Dr. Jenny L. Neff

Dr. Jenny L. Neff

Dr. Jenny L. Neffis Associate Professor and Division Chair of Music Education at The University of the Arts School of Music. She also serves as Director of the Master of Music and Summer Music Studies programs at UArts. She previously taught music for 25 years in public schools at various levels (K-12) in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, primarily in instrumental music. Her most recent position was teaching instrumental music at Bala Cynwyd Middle School in the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania.

Additional Presenters Include:

Sam Anderson (Assistant Director of Bands, Sioux Falls Lincoln)
No, your other left foot! Tips and Tricks for a Successful Marching Band Camp

Dr. Cassandra Bechard (Director of Bands, University of Dubuque) and Dr. Melanie Brooks (Director of Bands, Winona State University) 
No Oboes? No Problem! Finding Artistic and Accessible Mixed Wind Chamber Repertoire for Grade IV and Below

Dr. Justin Bunting (Assistant Professor of Percussion, University of Arkansas – Little Rock)
You Are Your Own Teacher: Building Successful Practice and Time Management Skills

Daniel Cook (Director of Athletic Bands, University of North Texas)
Saving the Environment (Of Your Program!)

Josiah Crawford (BME Student, South Dakota State University)
Repertoire of Minority Composers: A Student's Perspective

Dr. Michael Eckerty (Director of Instrumental Music, Simpson College)
Band Director's Guide to Bassoon

Holly Gage (Assistant Band Director, Sioux Falls Edison Middle School)
Student Centered Classroom / Rehearsal Strategies for the Bandroom

Ann Cameron Haenfler (Ishikawa Elementary School; Mesa, Arizona) and Todd Livingston (Kino Junior High School; Mesa Arizona)
Fostering Instrumental Music Opportunities in Title One Schools

Theresa Hoover (Middle School Bands; Arlington, VA)
Put them in the Driver’s Seat: Music Tech for Student Ownership

Dr. Joshua Kearney (Assistant Director of Bands, University of Nebraska – Omaha) and Ian Passmore (Conductor, Omaha)
Going Beyond the Notation: Creating an Artistic Experience With Your Students

Dr. Amy M. Knopps (Director of Athletic Bands, University of Missouri)
From a Conductor's Perspective: Inspiring Students to Maximize their Individual Ensemble Contribution

Dr. Chris Kocher (Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, University of South Dakota)
Developing Classical & Jazz Saxophone Tone; Jazz Articulation

Dr. Michael Mapp (Director of Bands, New Mexico State University)
The Shape of Sound: A Pedagogical Approach to Tone and its Production for Wind Bands

Dr. Andrew Pease (Director of Instrumental Music, Hartwick College)
Futures in Band - Why Adult Amateur Musicians Continue to Play Their Instruments

Dr. Brett Richardson (Coordinator of Music Education/Director of Bands, University of the Incarnate Word) and Kyle Glaser (Assistant Director of Bands, Texas State University)
Better Hands for Better Bands: A Conducting Refresher

Dr. Carl Rowles (Kansas-based conductor and clinician)
TT(Y)L: Incorporating fundamentals into the large ensemble rehearsal

Lori Schwartz Reichl (Author, Conductor, Clinician; Baltimore, MD)
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Am I Providing Opportunities Reflecting All?

Jordan Seidel (Assistant Band Director, Rapid City Stevens)
Getting Started on Jazz Guitar

Dr. Matthew Smith (Associate Director of Bands, University of Kansas)
Avoiding the Score Gremlins!

Ron Stary (Director of Bands, Brookings High School) 
Integrating Student leaders (drum majors) in the Marching Band Rehearsal

Dr. Brian Walker (Associate Professor of Trumpet, Tarleton State University)
Developing Tone and Flexibility in Young Brass Players