Dr. James South

James South is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (and a tenured Professor of Music) at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, where he has taught since 1995. He previously served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of Music at SWOSU. He has conducted the SWOSU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Community Band, directed the Marching Bulldogs and the Wild Dawgs Basketball Pep Band, taught Conducting and Instrumental Methods courses, Applied Trumpet, and has supervised student teachers and first-year teacher residency programs.  He is a Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA) and is Past President of the SWOSU Faculty Senate. As current President of the Southwest Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), he serves on the National Executive Board of NAfME.

He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas. His conducting teachers have included Fred Ockwell, John Paynter, and Anshel Brusilow. He has studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz, Leonard Candelaria, John Haynie, and Richard Giangiulio.  As a professional trumpeter, he has performed extensively with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Ballet and Opera Orchestras, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia da Camera of Illinois. As a conductor, he has worked with all-region and honor bands in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma and is a respected clinician and adjudicator for high school and middle school bands.

His teaching experience includes three years as a band director in the Irving (TX) school district, two years as a Visiting Lecturer in Trumpet at the University of Illinois, and five years as an Assistant Professor at Emporia State University in Kansas, where he served for three years as Director of Jazz Studies and two years as conductor of the bands and orchestras and Director of Instrumental Activities. He has an active interest in Music Technology and founded the Hendricks Music Computer Laboratory at Emporia State and the SWOSU Music Computer Lab which opened in spring 2000. 

Dr. South is married to Janis, a fine pianist and horn player, who is an Instructor at SWOSU (Horn, Brass Ensemble, Introduction to Music and Introduction to World Music). His son, Charles, a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Cornell University, is a Ph.D. student in statistics. His other interests include riding a 2000 BMW R1100RS motorcycle, walking Bandit (the family border collie), and hiking.


The views and opinions expressed in these pages are strictly those of James South. The content of these pages has not been reviewed or approved by Southwestern Oklahoma State University.