James South is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (and a tenured Professor of
Music) at Southwestern
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.
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.
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.
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
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.