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In-Service Music Conference

February 13-15, 2020

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).

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 Central High School Vocal Jazz Group Vox 19
  • Brookings High School Treble 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 Concert Choir Omaha, NE
  • South Dakota State University Concert Choir