Jonathan P. Neiderhiser, D.M.A.

Professor, Director of Instrumental Music

Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser is a conductor, scholar and performer whose work encompasses a wide range of activities and genres. He serves as Professor of Music and  Director of Instrumental Music at the University of Sioux Falls.  

Prior to his position at USF, Neiderhiser held positions as Lecturer of Fine Arts -- Music at Bethany College in Bethany, W. Va., and as Adjunct Professor of Ensembles at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he served as Associate Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, and Contemporary Ensemble.  

At USF, Neiderhiser has expanded the instrumental ensembles to include Pop Blues and Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and the Cougar Pep Band. He has also served as orchestral director for numerous musicals and composed music for the Theatre Department's production of "The Pilgrim's Progress." Beyond the music department, he has led courses in the University's Writing and Intellectual Traditions sequence as well as classes within the Honors Program.

Outside of his duties at USF, Neiderhiser serves as Music Coordinator and organist at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls and hornist with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. He has filled in as a substitute hornist with the South Dakota Symphony on several occasions, and is active as a freelance musician in the area.

Neiderhiser received  both his Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance and his Master of Music degree in Music Theory from Duquesne University. He received his Doctor of Music degree in Performance -- Conducting from West Virginia University.


  • D.M.A., Music Performance -- Conducting, West Virginia University, 2008
  • M.M., Music Theory, Duquesne University, 2002
  • B.M., Music Performance -- Horn, Duquesne University, 1998

Courses Taught

  • MUS150 - Theory I
  • MUS151 - Applied Music: Instrumental
  • MUS155 - Theory II
  • MUS160 - Wind Ensemble
  • MUS165 - Pop, Blues and Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS169 - Chamber Orchestra
  • MUS 193 - Music of the Movies
  • MUS203 - American Music Styles
  • MUS209 - Music Theory III
  • MUS210 - Analysis and Performance
  • MUS227 -
  • MUS314 -
  • MUS324 - Conducting II
  • MUS326 -
  • FA200 - Humanities Through the Arts
  • LAR111 -
  • LAR112 -
  • LAR210 -


  • Conducting
  • Music Theory
  • Music Performance
  • Music Education


Master's Thesis (Duquesne University): An Examination of the Children's Play Wir bauen eine Stadt as a Musical Manifesto of Paul Hindemith's Artistic and Sociological Ideologies.

Journal Article: "Function Over Form in Gregorian Chant: the Pragmatic Aspects of Medieval Monody."  in Music Theory: Explorations and Applications, vol. 7 (Fall 1999).

Information on this journal can be found here.

Doctoral Dissertation (West Virginia University):  Franz Joseph Haydn's Writing for Wind Instruments and the Evolution of the Military Band and Orchestral Wind Section 

A pdf of the dissertation can be found here.

Service/Volunteer Work

Board Member

Dr. Neiderhiser has served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations:

  • Sioux Falls Arts Council, 2009-2014
  • The Singing Boys of Sioux Falls, 2008-2014 
  • The Bangsund Dwelling Place, 2008-present (Special Consultant to the Board of Directors)