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USD Hosts Band, Orchestra and Choral Directors Institute

Photo of USD music stand and drums. The USD annual Band, Orchestra and Choral Directors Institute is June 21-23.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music hosts its annual band, orchestra and choral directors institute June 21-23.

The institute will include conducting clinics, large ensemble reading sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for instrumental directors and choral educators.

New at this year’s institute is a dedicated orchestral component. “With the growth of high quality orchestral programs in the Quad-State area, we decided to include clinics that could be beneficial for both band and orchestral directors,” said Luis Viquez, assistant music professor and institute director.

Vijay Singh, an internationally renowned composer and professor of music at Central Washington University, is this summer’s guest choral clinician. Brian Balmages, an award winning composer and conductor, will return as guest clinician for the instrumental side.

Graduate academic credit is available. For additional information, please contact institute directors David Holdhusen and/or Luis Víquez, or visit the Fine Arts’ events and workshops website.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News