Band Director Institute Information & Registration2019-06-29T14:10:12-05:00

1st annual Band Director Institute (BDI)

July 15-17, 2019

The first annual Band Director Institute will be introduced at the 20th annual Arts Education Institute.

The Band Director Institute is an intensive program designed to expose music teachers to the best in current and standard literature in addition to teaching methods and materials. The three-day institute will include large ensemble reading sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for band directors. Participants are highly encouraged to pre-register for purposes of instrumentation for the Reading Band. Registration for the Institute is $150. After June 30 is $175.

The headline clinician will be Michael Sweeney, Composer and Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard.

STEP ONE: Register for the workshops

Register today!

STEP TWO: Register for grad/undergrad credit

NSU Graduate Credit Course Registration (complete by July 15)
BDI Schedule
BDI descriptions & requirements


Sessions will be held daily July 15-17, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the Northern State University Campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 15. The seminars conclude on Wednesday afternoon by 4 p.m., July 17. Graduate credit is available for some sessions.


Participants have the option of staying on campus or planning their own accommodations during the institute. Participants wishing to stay on campus may stay in air-conditioned Great Plains West. The price per single room is $25 and double room is $22 + 8.5% tax. Payable at time of check-in. Checks only accepted. You must provide your own bed linens and towels.

Optional Graduate Credit

Participants have the option to earn up to three graduate or recertification renewal credits @ $40/credit. Payment of tuition for graduate credit is due on the day of registration.

Renewal credits available for no extra charge
​SD DOE Renewal Application & Requirements

Classes are held at Northern State University 1200 South Jay Street, Northern State University.  Workshops will be in the Johnson Fine Arts Center on campus.

Einstein’s bagel and coffee shop summer hours are from 7:30- 2pm  available in the Student center.

Please notify us of a cancelation as soon as possible by contacting Shari Kosel.  Full refund before June 14.

Questions? Email Shari Kosel. For specific music questions, please email Northern State University Director of Bands, Rolf Olson.

BDI is sponsored by Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council,  Northern State University & Popplers Music.  South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.