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SDSYO Conductors


SDSYO Music Director

Chad Hutchinson is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the South Dakota Symphony and Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra. This season he will conduct the South Dakota Symphony in Pops, Run-out and Family concerts as well as conducting four youth symphonies within the Youth Orchestra program.

Mr. Hutchinson is a James Sample Fellow and DMA candidate in orchestral conducting at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his time in Minnesota, he served as director of Northwestern College’s Chamber Orchestra and Women’s Choir as well as the Coordinator and Music Director for the Siouxland Youth Orchestras. As comfortable in the pit as on the stage, Hutchinson has recently led productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Susannah with the University Opera Theater at the University of Minnesota and The Mikado at Morningside College with director Nicholas Wuehrmann of New York City.

With a long-standing commitment to education, he taught orchestra in the public schools for nine years in Buffalo, NY and Sioux Falls, South Dakota where both programs doubled in size during his tenure. As a conducting fellow, he has participated in conducting workshops at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He has also served as a guest conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the Midwest and in New York State, most recently serving on the conducting faculty of the International Music Camp. He holds degrees from Morningside College and Bowling Green State University.  Mr. Hutchinson resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Karen and their two daughters.


SDSYO Conductor

Jeff Paul, principal oboist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, grew up in Southern California where he gained experience and expertise in various forms of performing arts. He was an aspiring concert pianist by the age of ten, and was awarded opportunities to perform piano concerti with the Conejo Youth Symphony and the Pepperdine University Orchestra. Jeff attended the Eastman School of Music (BM with performer’s certificate, 1999) and the University of Southern California (MM, 2003) for oboe performance. His primary teachers include Richard Killmer, David Weiss, and Allan Vogel.  He has performed as a soloist with the New West Symphony, Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra, Conejo Concerto Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony, and has substituted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony.

One of Jeff’s primary interests has been traditional folk music of various cultures. He enjoys working closely with The New Pine Ridge Singers, and improvisng alongside Lebanese oud player Simon Shaheen.

In composition, Jeff has received awards from the Young Composer’s Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California, resulting in several premiers of his chamber and orchestral music. He has also received commissions from various organizations, including the South Dakota Symphony and the Young Artists Ensemble theater group in California, and composes regularly for the Dakota Wind Quintet.

Jeff has recorded for various projects, including a Warner Bros. film scoring session, a hip-hop orchestra, aspiring jazz/rock/fusion bands, and a spattering of independent short films.