Knutson Master Series Presents AU's Dr. Larry Petersen

The Knutson Master Series at Augustana University

Event Details


Date: March 1 - April 12, 2018

Times: 3 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

The Knutson Master Series at Augustana will present Assistant Director of Bands and Music Education Dr. Larry Petersen at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Kresge Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Petersen

Dr. Larry Petersen is assistant director of bands and music education at Augustana University.  Petersen directs the Blue & Gold Band and the Athletic Bands, as well as leads the coordination of the Augustana music teacher education program. He joined AU in the fall of 2017. Petersen previously served as director of bands at Huron High School in Huron, South Dakota. During his tenure there, he built a large and successful program with the philosophy that music is a vehicle for preparing students for musical achievement and individual success in their lives. 

Petersen earned his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University where he majored in music education. He holds a master's of music degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba, and a doctor of musical arts in conducting from the University of Iowa. He is the current president of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association and the South Dakota Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (international bandmasters fraternity). Dr. Petersen was named Huron High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2000 and 2008. His research interests include the use of technology for assessment within music ensembles, vocal transcriptions for winds, and music for voice and winds.


Upcoming Presentations

Director of Orchestras Dr. Peter Folliard will present at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Kresge Recital Hall.

About Dr. Folliard

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Dr. Peter Folliard holds undergraduate degrees in music education and instrumental performance from the University of North Texas, master’s degrees in instrumental performance and conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music. Folliard’s first conducting position was with the United States Air Force Bands program. Upon earning his commission from Officer Training School, Folliard was assigned to work with the United States Air Force Band, the Air Force’s premier musical unit, in Washington, D.C. There, Folliard was appointed conductor of the Air Force String Orchestra and conductor of The Singing Sergeants. Additionally, Folliard served as the associate conductor for the Concert Band and Ceremonial Brass, and was producer of the organization’s recording projects.

Following his service in the Air Force, Folliard was offered a teaching assistantship accompanied with a full scholarship to study at the Eastman School of Music with Master Pedagogue Neil Varon. There, he also held the position of Eastman conducting fellow with the Rochester Philharmonic. Most recently, he served at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he served as interim director of orchestras.  Throughout his career Folliard has been recognized as an outstanding leader, performer and educator. The University of North Texas selected Folliard as its “Outstanding Member” and “Bandsman of the Year.” The military recognized Folliard for his “leadership, integrity, professionalism, team contribution and fellowship.”  Eastman awarded him its prestigious Graduate Teaching Assistant Prize.


Flutist Tereasa Payne will present at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Kresge Recital Hall.

About Tereasa Payne

Tereasa Payne, a New York City based flutist, world flutist and woodwinds specialist, has performed her “Tour of World Flutes” concert throughout the United States, including an upcoming performance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The program features Tereasa performing on 16 world flutes while sharing anecdotes about the history and cultural significances of each one. Passionate about sharing these world flutes, Tereasa often works as a consultant with composers, orchestrators, and arrangers as they score for these unique and beautiful instruments.

Tereasa is a regular substitute with Disney’s The Lion King both on Broadway and on the National Tour where she performs on 13 flutes from around the world. She has also played on Broadway with Allegiance, Amazing Grace, The Phantom of the Opera, and Something Rotten.  She has been heard in concerts throughout the world, as well as on recordings for commercials, video games, pop and Christian artists.  She has appeared playing panflute with Kygo on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and as an orchestra member on NBC’s “Smash.” 


Past Presentations

On Thursday, Feb. 15, pianist Michael Gurt presented at 3 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.

About Michael Gurt

Michael Gurt is Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University. He won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1982, and was a prize winner in international competitions in Pretoria, South Africa, and Sydney, Australia. He has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Capetown Symphony, the China National Symphony Orchestra and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.

He has made solo appearances in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) in New York, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, City Hall in Hong Kong, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, Baxter Hall in Capetown, South Africa, and the Attaturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Gurt serves as Piano Mentor at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, and was the chair of the piano department at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival from 1987 through 2007. He has served as Piano Chair of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, and has taught at two summer music seminars held at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. Professor Gurt holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School.


On Thursday, Feb. 1, Delta David Gier, music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, presented at 3 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.

Delta David GierAbout Delta David Gier

Gier is a dynamic voice on the American music scene. His longtime association with the New York Philharmonic led to many fruitful collaborations, including several seasons of Young People's Concerts. He has conducted many of the world's leading ensembles such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and Chicago Symphony. As music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, his programming innovations have included the highly acclaimed Lakota Music Project (side-by-side with Native American musicians), and highly impactful collaborations with Arab musicians such as oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen and Ghanaian gyil artist Bernard Woma. Accolades have come from many sources, including seven American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards and the John S. Edwards award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music.


About the Knutson Master Series

Named in honor of Dr. Dennis D. Knutson (principal flutist and longtime member of the Augustana College/Community Band) and the late Mary Ann Knutson, these 50-minute presentations feature special topics and or master class presentations for those interested in the music industry and/or performance.

"By definition, a master class is a class given by an expert, especially a musician, for exceptional students, usually presented in public. For us, every master class will be a unique event. The overall tone and content of a master class is shaped by the personality of the expert giving it, and people who achieve expertise in music tend to have very colorful, strong personalities," said Brad Heegel, administrative director of the performing and visual arts at Augustana. "One of the things people will most enjoy about each class is the opportunity to spend time with these masters and observe how they immerse themselves in the details of music or their work within the field, engage with their students, and create an experience that the audience could share in as well. In some master classes, Augie students will be selected to perform and the 'master' will work with them in front of the audience. Both student and audience gain from this exercise — the student from picking up valuable tips; the audience by seeing how this process works."