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Dr. Earl L. Sherburne received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in music and drama at Augustana in 1967. He earned his masters in music education at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has taught in several Midwest public schools, colleges, and universities. 


Sherburne has served as a music consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education and as an Intern in arts management with the Grant Park Orchestra Association in Chicago. He  regularly performs with the Sioux Empire Brass Society of Sioux Falls and has performed on trombone and euphonium, and percussion in concert bands, jazz bands, orchestras, and brass ensembles. 


Sherburne is a published composer who has written works for band, chorus, jazz band, orchestra, musical theater, and small wind ensembles and has received several commissions for his work. The South Dakota Symphony performed three of his works and in the spring of 2007, the South Dakota National Guard Band commissioned him to write a work for their ensemble. He continues to compose for area bands, choirs, and orchestras. Recently, the South Dakota Music Educators Association commissioned him to write three different sets of audition etudes for the Middle School All-State Band Auditions.


He has collaborated with a librettist on three musicals (one of which is published) and has written both libretto and music for one. That musical RIBBIT won the 2011 UMC children’s musical competition.



2612 S. Elmwood Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57105   (605) 575-9399








Dakota State University Madison, South Dakota (fall, 2009-present)


  • TEACH musical theater – an appreciation, elementary music education, music appreciation, American pop music.


University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota (fall, 2007)

(sabbatical replacement)


  • TAUGHT form and analysis, orchestration and arranging, private composition.


Colorado Technical University Sioux Falls, South Dakota (summer, 2006-present)


  • TEACH art and music appreciation, professional speaking, early world history, art and music of the movies, creating academic and professional success.
  • Outstanding faculty award – 2008.


Augustana College Sioux Falls, South Dakota (fall, 2004)


  • TAUGHT form and analysis.



University of Sioux Falls   Sioux Falls, South Dakota  (1999-2006)


  • TAUGHT instrumental methods, conducting, wind methods, percussion methods, music history, computer applications, intro to music, intro to humanities, history of jazz, music of the movies, music theory, applied brass lessons.
  • TAUGHT graduate workshops:  “Buying a Tuba on a Piccolo Budget” and “Improvisation”.
  • CONDUCTED wind ensemble, orchestra, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, musical pit orchestra.
  • SUPERVISED student teaching.
  • DESIGNED curricula for music education degree, music theory.
  • SERVED on education committee, buildings and grounds, and assessment committee.




Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa  (1994-99)


  • TAUGHT music theory, music education, American musical theater, history of jazz, fine arts seminar I & II, arts administration I & II, applied lessons-brass, woodwind, and percussion.
  • DEVELOPED courses in American musical theater, history of jazz, fine arts seminar, instrumental methods, arts administration, instrumental arranging and conducting.
  • CONDUCTED wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, jazz ensemble, musical pit combo.
  • DESIGNED curricula for music education and arts administration degrees.
  • ESTABLISHED arts administration internships with Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Milwaukee Orchestra, Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, Iowa Arts Council.
  • SERVED on Honors and Awards Committee, Academic Programs Committee, Assessment Committee, Technical Resources Committee, Fine Arts Committee.
  • INAUGURATED and SUPERVISED computer assisted instruction in the areas of music theory, music administration, Internet research, and music composition.




University of Illinois   Champaign, IL  (1993)


  • RESEARCHED in the Arts Education Research Center with G. David Peters, Associate Dean of Fine Arts.



Sangamon State University   Springfield, Ilinois (1992)


  • CREATED and TAUGHT a graduate course in fine arts.



Blackburn College   Carlinville, Ilinois  (1984-93)


  • TAUGHT music theory, composition, conducting, music education, music appreciation, American musical theater, American folk music, applied brass and percussion lessons.
  • CONDUCTED college/community band, musical theater pit orchestra, orchestra, brass choir, jazz ensemble, woodwind ensemble.
  • DESIGNED and IMPLEMENTED curricula for Bachelor of Arts degrees in instrumental music education, music management and composition.



  • ESTABLISHED music management internship and student teaching locations.
  • PLANNED and COORDINATED recruiting tours and extended tours.
  • INAUGURATED and SUPERVISED computer assisted instruction in the areas of music theory, music administration, and music composition.
  • SUPERVISED student teachers.



Mayville State College   Mayville, North Dakota (1981-84)


  • TAUGHT music theory, instrumental methods courses, music in secondary schools, applied brass and percussion.
  • CREATED the instrumental brass and percussion ensemble program.
  • PREPARED the low brass for the International Peace Gardens’ Music Camp touring band.



University of Minnesota   Minneapolis, Minnesota  (1980-81)


  • Co-conductor of the symphonic band with Dr. Stephen Schultz.



Carleton College   Northfield, Minnesota  (1979-80)


  • CONDUCTED wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, trombone choir.



Platte Technical Community College, Columbus, Nebraska  (1975-79)


  • TAUGHT music theory, music history, fine arts, applied lessons.
  • INITIATED and DIRECTED the summer musical theater program.
  • DEVELOPED a jazz program and a small ensemble program.
  • DIRECTED the college band and the college choir.



LeRoy, Minnesota (1967-72) and Belle Plaine, Minnesota (1972-75)


  • BEGAN a junior high and high school jazz program.
  • COLLABORATED with students, composing, arranging, producing, and directing an annual variety show and a two act musical.
  • CREATED a musical theater program.
  • RECEIVED superior ratings at music contest with bands and jazz ensembles.



Bachelor of Arts: Music and Drama, Euphonium Tone Production, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June, 1967

Master of Arts: Music Education, University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado, August, 1974

Doctor of Philosophy: Music Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August, 1981

Dissertation: An Analysis of the Blowing Pressure used for Trombone




  • “Buying a Tuba on a Piccolo Budget”
  • “Marching forward with Harold Hill – the Music Man”
  • “Where Are We Going Anyway – Music Education into the 21st Century”
  • “The Arts and Community Development”



*published +commissioned


  • “A Little Song and Dance”+ South Dearborn Community Schools, Aurora, Indiana, 1999
  • “Great Plains Overture” Riggs High School, Pierre, South Dakota, 2000
  • “In an Ancient Castle” Augustana College Orchestra, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2001
  • “Fanfare to a New Day” Brass Choir work for the ribbon-cutting of the University of Sioux Falls Cleveland Center, 2001
  • “Terpsichorean Suite”+  South Dakota Symphony Double Bass Section, 2002
  • “Prelude to Glory”+ South Dakota Intercollegiate Honor Band, 2003
  • “The Patriot’s March” Dedicated to the men and women who serve in Iraq. Performed in the towns where South Dakotans have been killed in Iraq. Premiered 2004
  • Noah and the Big Boat+ Musical commissioned by the Illinois Arts Council. Premiered July, 2004
  • “Scenes from an Ancient Castle” Premiered 2006 by the South Dakota Symphony


  • “Never the Same”+ Cantata written for chorus and orchestra for the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Choir and orchestra, 2006
  • “Be Still”+ Written for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Stephen’s Ministry Retreat, August, 2006
  • “The Valiant Warriors” Dedicated to the men and women who served in the Viet Nam War. Premiere November, 2006.
  • “Overture to a New Land”+ Commissioned by the 147th Army Band of the South Dakota National Guard.
  • “Samba Dis’n’Dat” Commissioned by the Patrick Henry Middle School Wind Ensemble, 2007.
  • “Visions of Glory” Commissioned by Freeman Academy, 2009.




  • Served as Technology chair for South Dakota Music Educators Association..
  • Served on the committee that designed the South Dakota Music Education Standards and Benchmarks.
  • Perform with the Sioux Empire Brass Society.
  • Compose and arrange music for concert bands and orchestras, brass, woodwind, percussion, jazz and vocal ensembles.
  • Conducted the Iowa State Fair Jazz Ensemble.
  • Guest clinician at state music conventions in the Midwest.
  • Served as a music consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education recertification teams.
  • Performed with the University of Minnesota Brass Ensemble, Minneapolis Trombone Choir, Los Locos Medicos – dance band, area community bands, church choirs.
  • Conducted local church choirs.
  • Organize, adjudicate, and conduct band festivals, jazz festivals, music contests, and scholarship competitions.
  • Guest conducted Wartburg College Concert Band, Northeast Iowa Bandmasters 

High School Honor Band, ECC North Half Band Festival, area high school and junior high bands and jazz bands, and honor bands. 

  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • Gamma mu Sigma
  • American Composers Forum
  • Phi Beta Mu

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