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Dean Kranhold, Aberdeen

Mr. Kranhold received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Dakota (1962, 1966). He received his Master’s in School Administration from Northern State University in 1976. He taught band at Clark, South Dakota for nine years. He moved to Aberdeen in 1971 and taught band at Holgate for 8 years before accepting the position of band director at Aberdeen Central in 1979. In 1983 he was name South Dakota’s Outstanding Bandmaster. His concert, jazz, and marching bands consistently received superior ratings at contest. In 1984 he accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Aberdeen Central, where he has also been the Fine Arts Activities Director for the past 20 years. While in high school, Dean was a member All-State Chorus and first chair cornet in All-State Band. He was first chair trumpet in the National Intercollegiate Band in 1961. He is a charter member of the Watertown Big Band. He has toured Europe on three occasions with the ‘Midwest Ambassador’s of Music.’ In 2002, Dean
was elected to the SDHSAA Board of Directors for a five year term. In 2004 he was named to the Dakota Music Hall of Fame. Dean has served as a guest soloist, clinician, judge, and guest conductor throughout South Dakota. Dean’s wife, Valerie, and their three children, Lara, Jason, and Taryn, are all accomplished musicians in their own right.


Allan Jacobson

Dr Allan Jacobson attended Sunbeam School in Day County's Scotland Township for eight years and began his piano study in Andover with Sarah Price. He continued his education at Bristol High School and Northern State College, where he was a piano student of Merritt Johnson and assisted John Berggren as accompanist of the Collegiate Choir. At Northern he was a trumpet soloist with the college band and piano soloist with the orchestra in his senior year. Dr Jacobson received a University Fellowship to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, studying piano with Tait Sanford Barrows and theory with Bruce Benward. He was on the faculty of Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, Wisonsin for six years at the beginning of his teaching career. This is his 29th year on the faculty of Northern State University, where he teaches Advanced Music Theory, piano, organ, and composition. Through the years Dr Jacobson has performed as piano soloist, accompanist, church organist, choral accompanist, and chamber musician, with particularly active and rewarding collaborations with pianist Alyce Berggren and clarinetist Alan LaFave. Dr Jacobson has accompanied five All-State Choruses, including this one, and six South Dakota High School Honor Choirs. In 2003 he received the
Friend of the Arts Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement from the Aberdeen Area Arts Council. Dr Jacobson is a published composer and has written works in various musical media, with special interest in choral compositions.


Charles Canaan

As director of choral activities at South Dakota State University (SDSU) for 17 years, Charles Canaan was tenured in 1989 and awarded emeritus status in 2003. He has taught applied voice, music education methods
and choral conducting at the collegiate level, and conducted girls and boys choir at five different junior high and high schools in three different states throughout his career. Before he moved to South Dakota, Canaan was a tenured teacher in the Michigan Public School System. He was the junior high honors choir director in 1975 for the Michigan School Vocal Association and international choir director at the Blue Lake Michigan Fine Arts Camp for three years. But South Dakota has been home for the better part of the past two decades for Canaan, and it was in this state that he was awarded the South Dakota American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Lifetime Achievement Award and the SDSU Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. Under his direction, three SDSU concert choirs performed in the American Choral Directors Association North Central Regional conventions, and five other choirs performed at the South Dakota ACDA State Convention.

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