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Dr. Paul Schilf Named Executive Director for SDMEA

Dr. Paul Schilf, assistant professor of music, has been named executive director of the South Dakota Music Education Association. In his new role, he will be responsible for providing leadership and advocacy for music education at the state level, providing direct communication between South Dakota and the National Association for Music Education located in Reston, Va., coordinating South Dakota-based music activities in collaboration with the state Activities Association, and inspiring the SDMEA Board of Directors to continually improve the quality of services offered to state music education association members. Schilf will maintain his post at Augustana while serving in this new role.

Schilf completed his term as president of the organization on July 1 and was requested by the SDMEA Board of Directors to assume the position of executive director. Prior to this appointment, Schilf served on the SDMEA board for six years and has been the Augustana student collegiate chapter leader for the last 11 years.

At Augustana, Schilf serves as assistant professor of music, music education instructor, jazz history instructor, director of the Northlanders Jazz Band, director of the Brass Choir and conductor of the Augustana College/Community Band. He has taught all levels of instrumental music and is a published author of several articles on intergenerational learning and student mentoring. He is the co-director and a founding board member of the New Horizons Band of Sioux Falls.

He is an active guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the country. He is presently a South Dakota All-State Band and Jazz Band adjudicator. He holds a bachelor of music education degree from Concordia University Chicago (River Forest, Ill.), and M.A. and Ph.D. in music education from the University of Iowa.

Presently across the state, SDMEA has more than 400 members and comprehensively works to improve the quality of teaching, research and scholarship in music. Further, SDMEA strives to ensure that every student has access to high-quality school music instruction and promotes utilization of the most effective pre-service and in-service preparation techniques and courses for music teachers.