April 1: Northlanders and All City Jazz Concert
Augustana's Northlanders Jazz Band and the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues AllmCity Middle School Jazz Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, in Kresge Recital Hall, located in the Humanities Center on campus.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and are free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available at www.augietickets.com.
Under the direction of Dr. Paul Schilf, the Northlanders Jazz Band is a 19-member ensemble originally founded in 1954. Earl Colgan served as the group's first student director and the Band continued as a student-run organization until Dr. Harold Krueger assumed its leadership in 1965. During the past 10 years, the Band has commissioned seven big band jazz charts. This new jazz music is available through Sierra Music Publications, Doug Beach Music, and Kendor Music.
The All City Middle School Jazz Ensemble gathers once a year for this special concert which features the very best of Sioux Falls student jazz musicians. All the students participating were elected by their school's band director. The ensemble is directed by Mark Isackson, assistant professor of music at Augustana College and conductor of the All City group. Among the numbers the groups will perform are “Switch in Time,” “Emily,” “I Beeped When I Should Have Bopped” and “Gandy Dancer.”
The All City Jazz Ensemble is funded through Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues' Educational Fund, which provides supplemental music education opportunities to the youth in the Sioux Falls community. A $300 JazzFest Jazz Camp Scholarship will be awarded to one high school ensemble participant; this scholarship allows students to further their musical studies at this summer’s band camp.
About the Conductors
Dr. Paul Schilf is in his 13th year at Augustana College and is the conductor of the Augustana Band. In his earlier years with the College, he conducted the College & Community Concert Band, The Northlanders Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band, and the Augustana Brass Choir. Additionally, he teaches classes in brass pedagogy, music education and supervises the instrumental student teachers. Prior to his appointment at Augustana College, Schilf was a faculty member at Concordia University (St. Paul, Minn.). He holds a bachelor of music education degree from Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.), an M.A. with an emphasis in conducting and a doctor of philosophy degree in music education, both from the University of Iowa. Schilf has taught all levels of instrumental music.
Schilf’s research interests lie in intergenerational instrumental music education and in the supervision of instrumental music student teachers. He has presented clinics and presentations across the United States on these topics, including the prestigious International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. Dr. Schilf has led six international tours with intergenerational ensembles and has conducted these ensembles across Europe and Asia. His intergenerational research, student teaching supervision information, and music education articles have appeared in prominent national magazines and journals.
In November 1992, Schilf was recognized as an outstanding nationally certified teacher of music by the Music Educators National Conference, an honor he maintains yet today. He is currently executive director of the South Dakota Music Education Association and serves as one of only four all-state band adjudicators in South Dakota. His professional memberships include the National Association of Music Education, South Dakota Bandmasters Association, and The Wisconsin School Music Association.
Mark Isackson has taught instrumental music at all levels for 35 years, and retired from the Sioux Falls Public Schools in May 2011, where he taught band and orchestra at all levels, and in many different SFPS schools for 30 years. Currently, he is on staff at Augustana College, teaching jazz and saxophone; and is also a founder and current co-director of the All City Jazz program. He is also on staff at the newly formed SFJBS/Augustana Summer Jazz Camp.
He was also the founder of the Sioux Empire Youth Orchestra’s younger orchestras (Symphonia and Prelude Strings) in 1991. In 2008, Isackson assisted in transitioning these groups into the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. Presently, he is Co-Director of the SDSYO’s Sinfonia.
Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., Isackson attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth, majoring in multiple woodwind performance while earning a music education degree. He later earned a M.A. from Augustana college. In addition to teaching in Minnesota and South Dakota, he taught six years at the Northeast Music Camp in central Massachusetts.
As a performing musician, Isackson is seen often as the Associate Principal clarinetist with the South Dakota Symphony, and subs with the Sioux City Symphony. He also leads the Sioux Falls Big Band as well as small jazz and variety groups ranging from two to eight players. He has performed with numerous name bands and musicians throughout the years, and continues to be a active “sideman,” as well as bandleader.