Petersen Named Assistant Director of Bands and Music Education

Dr. Larry Petersen

Augustana University today announced that Dr. Larry Petersen has been named assistant director of bands and music education.

In his new role, Petersen will direct the Blue & Gold Band and the Athletic Bands, as well as lead the coordination of the Augustana music teacher education program. He will join AU in the fall of 2017.

Petersen currently serves as director of bands at Huron High School in Huron, South Dakota. During his tenure there, he built a large and successful program with the philosophy that music is a vehicle for preparing students for musical achievement and individual success in their lives.

“Dr. Petersen brings rich experience and accomplishment to Augustana University. We believe his 20 years of service to public education in South Dakota will provide a unique advantage to future music educators enrolled at Augustana. In addition, his experience as a highly respected conductor and his passion for both intergenerational and athletic bands make him the perfect fit for our department,” said Dr. John Pennington, chair of the music department.

Petersen earned his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University where he majored in music education. He holds a master's of music degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba, and a doctor of musical arts in conducting from the University of Iowa. He is the current president of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association and the South Dakota Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (international bandmasters fraternity).

Petersen was named Huron High School’s Teacher of the Year both in 2000 and 2008. His research interests include the use of technology for assessment within music ensembles, vocal transcriptions for winds, and music for voice and winds.