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College of Fine Arts presents Knutson Award to music history professor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- David Moskowitz, Ph.D., is the 2012 recipient of the Knutson Distinguished Professor Award presented by the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota. Moskowitz, professor of music history in the USD Department of Music, was selected following a committee review of several applicants.

“David has an outstanding record of achievement in scholarship having authored several books in the past 10 years,” added Larry Schou, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Moskowitz joined the USD faculty in 2001 and teaches courses on music history while his research interests include Caribbean popular music such as reggae and ska, and dancehall. Popular research subjects include Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. Moskowitz received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in music history and a bachelor’s degree in general studies (emphasis on violin performance) from Ohio University. A photograph of Moskowitz is available for download at

“It’s an honor to receive the Knutson Award especially as it is based on input from faculty across the College of Fine Arts,” Moskowitz said. “I sincerely appreciate the recognition of the research that I have done since coming to USD in 2001.”

The biennial Knutson Award, presented for the first time in 2006 to Susanne Skyrm, was named for Wayne Knutson, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, who provided 35 years of service to the University of South Dakota as a professor, chair of the Department of English, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Additionally, Knutson directed 70 plays at the university, the Black Hills Playhouse, and community theatres across South Dakota, and wrote 10 plays and opera librettos, which all were produced. He and his wife, Esther Johnstad Knutson, continue to reside in Vermillion.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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