In-Service Music Conference

February 11-13, 2021

The SDSU School of Performing Arts is pleased to host South Dakota’s music teachers as they meet in Brookings for the 52nd Annual SDSU Choral Day and the 84th Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Association Conference. All events will be hosted in the beautiful Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. We hope that you will place the 2020 In-Service Music Conference on your calendar.

Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet to Headline 84th Annual South Dakota Bandmasters Conference


Formed in 2007, the Zzyzx Quartet has established itself as a versatile and engaging chamber ensemble. Zzyzx has commissioned several new pieces for saxophone quartet including works by John Mackey and Benjamin Hjertmann, and recently participated as an adjudicating ensemble in the 2015 Barlow Endowment Prize in Composition. Zzyzx performs and teaches around the globe, and can be heard on two full-length recordings, “Zzyzx Road” (2010) and “Intersections” (2013).  Its members are Stacy Wilson, soprano saxophone, Stephen Page, alto saxophone, Matthew Evans, tenor saxophone, and Dana Booher, baritone saxophone.

Chester Phillips to serve as Conductor-in-Residence for South Dakota Bandmasters Conference

Chester Phillips
Chester Phillips

A native of Newnan, GA, Chester B. Phillips is in his tenth year as associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Georgia State University. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Orchestra, establishing and directing the marching band, teaching conducting and overseeing all facets of the athletic bands. Under his leadership the GSU Panther Band has received several honors and accolades including participation in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, marching in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, a national top-ten honor by the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and a top-five honor by the 2012 and 2016 Southern Division of CBDNA.

As a pedagogue, Dr. Phillips is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician and has presented for organizations including: GMEA (GA), AMEA (AL), Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (IL), Music For All Summer Symposium (IN), Bands of America Regional Championships (TX and PA), Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (HI), College Band Directors National Association (NC and MO) and Drum Corps Japan (Yokohama, Japan).

Lori Reichl to Present on Managing Large Ensembles; Getting Administrators on Your Side

Lori Reichl
Lori Reichl

Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation in music education. Lori's diverse experiences of building and maintaining secondary band diverse experiences of building and maintaining secondary band programs in rural, Title I, and corrective action schools have transformed her career into serving as an active adjudicator, clinician, conductor, instructor, speaker, and writer.  

Lori is the author of the “Tools for Educators” series entitled “Key Changes: Refreshing Your Music Program” published monthly in the teacher's edition of In TuneMonthly Magazine where she provides resources to enhance the music classroom and rehearsal space. Her articles are also featured each month as part of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music in a Minuet Blog. In addition, her publications have appeared in the Maryland Music Educator Journal (MMEA) and The Woman Conductor Journal for Women Band Directors International (WBDI). Lori also serves as a journalist for Teaching Music Magazine.  

In Maryland, Lori serves as the artistic and executive director of the Regional Repertory Wind Ensemble, coordinator of Howard County's Secondary Solo & Ensemble Festival, conductor of Howard County's Middle School Honor Band and the Maryland state chair for Women Band Directors International (WBDI).

Barbara Sletto
Barbara 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.

Morna Edmundson
Morna Edmundson

Morna Edmundson to Conduct Festival of Women’s Voices

Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director of the internationally recognized Women’s Choir ELEKTRA, is one of Canada’s best known choral conductors with a strong reputation for excellence.  She holds diplomas in music from Vancouver, Bellingham, and Stockholm.  She has adjudicated in North America and Asia, conducted honor choirs in several states, and co-directed the ACDA National Women’s Honor Choir.  Morna has offered workshops for choirs of all ages. 

In 2000 she was presented with the Healey Willan Award for outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation, an organization she serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council. In February 2009 Morna was a recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award, which recognized her gifted organizational talent, leadership by example, and her encouragement of others to pursue their musical and choral goals.

Band Performances:

  • Aberdeen Roncalli High School Symphonic Band
  • Aberdeen Central High School Jazz Ensemble 1
  • Sioux Falls Memorial Middle School Band
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School Symphonic Band
  • South Dakota State University Wind Symphony
  • University of South Dakota Symphonic Band

Choir Performances:

  • Aberdeen High School Jazz Choir “Vox 20”
  • Brookings High School Treble Choir
  • Chester High School Combined Choirs
  • Dell Rapids High School Espresso Chamber Choir
  • Elementary Festival Honor Choir
  • Festival of Women’s Voices Honor Choir
  • Lincoln High School Concert Choir