Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music at the University of Sioux Falls. Prior to his position at USF, he served as Lecturer of Fine Arts-Music and Director of Bands at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia while earning his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from West Virginia University. He holds a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and a Bachelor of Music degree in French Horn Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member and assistant conductor of the University's Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band.
Dr. Neiderhiser has established himself as a conductor who is equally at home in front of orchestras, wind ensembles, choirs, and chamber groups. At USF, he reinstituted the Jazz Ensemble and started a new Cougar Pep Band in addition to directing the Wind Ensemble and serving as pit band director for Fame:the Musical and The Producers. He is currently overseeing the development of a chamber string program at USF. Previous conducting performances include leading the Duquesne Opera in a twin bill of Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act operas The Telephone and The Medium; participating in Pittsburgh's U3 Festival of Contemporary Music; and serving as founding director and Kappelmeister of the Schola Cantorum at the Lutheran Campus Center at West Virginia University. Before moving to Sioux Falls, he held the position of choir director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. He has led the world premiere performances of compositions by Alan Fletcher, Troy Centofanto, Jason Mescia, and Brian Querry. In 2004 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting Yo Goto's A Prelude to a Shining Day with the Duquesne Wind Symphony.
Dr. Neiderhiser has worked with students at every level from kindergarten through graduate school, as well as community members through the Community Arts Program at West Virginia University. He has authored program notes, pre-concert lectures, and an article on the pragmatic aspects of Gregorian chant in Volume 7 of Music Theory: Explorations and Applications, an academic journal for which he served as Assistant Editor. He has held several church organist positions and has performed on French horn with volunteer and professional ensembles in Pennsylvania and South Dakota. He is currently a member of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band and the Dakota Wind Ensemble, and he has performed as a substitute hornist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He is married to Dr. Jenny Bangsund, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Sioux Falls.
Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser
Director of Instrumental Music
University of Sioux Falls
1101 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105