Jonathan P. Neiderhiser, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Director of Instrumental Music / Area Chair of Visual and Performing Arts

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

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 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 organist at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls, and plays horn 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, studying horn with William Caballero, and his Master of Music degree, specializing in Music Theory, from Duquesne University. He received his Doctor of Music degree in Performance -- Conducting from West Virginia University.

Education

  • 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 - Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS169 - Chamber Orchestra
  • MUS 193 - Music of the Movies
  • MUS203 - American Music Styles
  • MUS209 - Music Theory III
  • MUS210 - Analysis and Performance**Designated Honors Course**
  • MUS227 - Wind Instrument Techniques
  • MUS314 - Music Educ Methods Instrumental
  • MUS324 - Conducting II
  • MUS326 - Instrumental Techniques:Brass and Percussion
  • FA200 - Humanities Through the Arts
  • LAR111 - Writing and Intellectual Trad I
  • LAR112 - Writing and Intellectual Trad II
  • LAR210 - Honors Seminar

Expertise

  • Conducting
  • Music Theory
  • Music Performance
  • Music Education

Research

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 (currently serving as Vice President)
  • The Bangsund Dwelling Place, 2008-present (Special Consultant to the Board of Directors)