USD to host annual Music Directors Institute

USD to host annual Music Directors Institute The University of South Dakota will host its annual Music Directors Institute June 22-24 at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

"The University of South Dakota's Music Directors Institute offers regional teachers a chance to meet with leaders in the field for three days each June," said Dr. Matthew Harden, director of choral activities at USD. "During the institute, the teachers read a variety of 'tried and true' band and choral literature, as well as many new selections just coming out on the market.�In addition, there are a variety of workshops and discussions to improve teaching skills.� It is a great way to meet other music educators and increase your network."

Approximately 120 middle and high school band and choral instructors attend the annual institute, with participants traveling from as far as Florida and Alabama this year.

Co-directed by music department faculty Dr. Larry Mitchell and Harden, this year's institute features guest clinicians James Curnow, president of Curnow Music Press, Inc. and an active composer of band music, and Dr. Russell Robinson, professor of music and area head of music education at the University of Florida.

Curnow has numerous publications by a variety of companies. He was most recently commissioned to write pieces for the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the United States Army Band.�Robinson has over 250 music publications to his name in catalogues with Warner Brothers, Shawnee Press and Carl Fischer Publishing.

Each of these guest artists is well known for their talent as composers and arrangers of public school and college-level literature.

"All people that attend this institute get to do what they love � play and sing together. The director's institute is reenergizing for people who have been teaching all year," said Amy Clausen, a past participant.

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