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Rolf Olson

Rolf Olson
Associate Professor
Music, College of Fine Arts
UFA Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts 115
Phone: 605-677-5726
Dr. Rolf Olson is Director of Bands at USD where he teaches: conducting, trumpet and directs the Symphonic Band and the Brass Choir. He also performs with the South Dakota Symphony, South Dakota Brass Quintet, and U. Jazz Quintet.
Teaching Interests:
Band, Brass and Jazz Music, Trumpet, Conducting
Research Interests:
Trumpet Performance, Brass Ensembles: historical and contemporary. Arranging for brass ensembles.
  • DA, Doctor of Arts, Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1997
  • MM, Trumpet performance, University of South Dakota, 1989
  • BA, Music Education, Augustana Colleg, 1983
  • CTL Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • CTL Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Olson, R., (2012), Richard Nelson Large Ensemble – Pursuit! CD Review, International Trumpet Guild, vol. Vol. 36, No. 4, iss. June 2012, p. p. 95.
Awards and Honors:
  • Distinguished Service Award, South Dakota High School Acitivities Association, 2014
  • Outstanding South Dakota Bandmaster of the Year, Phi Bet Mu/South Dakota Bandmasters Association/SD High School Activities Association, 2012
  • 25 year teaching award, South Dakto Music Education Association, 2010