Aaron Durst

Associate Professor, Director of Instrumental Music, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, and Performing Arts Department
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 316D Applied Arts
Phone: 715-232-1201
Email: dursta@uwstout.edu

Education

    • Doctor of Musical Arts Saxophone Performance
      The University of Georgia
      Athens, GA, United States, 2008
    • Master of Arts in Music Wind Conducting
      The University of Alaska, Fairbanks
      Fairbanks, AL, United States, 1999
    • Basic Music Course Superior Skill Identification
      Armed Forces School of Music
      Little Creek Naval Base, Norfolk, VA, United States, 1997
    • Bachelor of Music Music Education
      The University of South Dakota
      Vermillion, SD, United States, 1995

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin – Stout, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, and Performing Arts Department
        Associate Professor, Director of Instrumental Music
        August 2009 -
      • Emmanuel College
        Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
        August 2006 - May 2009
      • The University of Georgia
        Graduate Teaching Assistant, Saxophone Studio
        August 2004 - May 2008
      • The University of Alaska Fairbanks
        Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
        September 1999 - May 2000

    Industry


      • Freelance Musician
        September 2000 - July 2004
      • Jack Hunter Sound
        Sound Technician
        1995 - 1996

    Academic - P-12

      • Newell Public School District
        Director of Bands
        August 2001 - May 2004

    Military

      • United States Army
        Sound Technician
        September 1998 - September 2000
      • United States Army
        Saxophonist
        September 1996 - September 2000

Intellectual Contributions

    D.M.A. dissertation

    • Durst, A. (2008). A Descriptive Catalog of the Saxophone Compositions of Robert Lemay (D.M.A. dissertation). , The University of Georgia.

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

    Music Performance - Full Solo Recital

    • Durst, A. (March 1, 2015) Two Impressions. Menomonie Art Music Society Concert. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (October 26, 2014) Caprice. Menomonie Art Music Society Concert. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 22, 2014) In Steel. North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. Tempe, AZ, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 9, 2014) Maï. Menomonie Art Music Society Concert. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (June 23, 2013) Caprice en forme de valse. Menomonie Art Music Society Concert. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 10, 2013) Histoire du Tango. Menomonie Art Music Society Concert. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (October 21, 2012) Buku. Menomonie Art Music Society Concert. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 17, 2012) Photographs from the 21. North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. Tempe, AZ, United States.
    • Durst, A. (October 23, 2011) Six Studies in English Folksong. Menomonie Art Music Society Concert. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 26, 2011) Hitherto and Henceforth. North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 Conference. Indianola, IA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 25, 2011) Hitherto and Henceforth, Incertitude. North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5 Conference. Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Durst, A. (July 25, 2010) Blue Caprice. Menomonie Art Music Society. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 5, 2010) Reaction Suite. North American Saxophone Alliance National Biennial Conference. Athens, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 7, 2009) Incertitude. North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference.
    • Durst, A. (April 19, 2008) Thèbes. North American Saxophone Alliance National Biennial Conference. Columbia, SC, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 2000) Diversion, Bernhard Heiden. 9th Army Band,
    • Durst, A. (March 10, 2000) Diversion. United States 9th Army Band Concert;The University of Alaska. Fairbanks, AL, United States.

    Music Performance - Participation

    • Durst, A. (October 5, 2014) Guest Recital. University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point. Steven’s Point, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 28, 2014) Faculty Saxophone Recital. University of Wisconsin Stout. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 16, 2014) Guest Artist Recital. Spencer Alumni Concert Series. Spencer, IA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (October 14, 2013) Épitaphe de Jean Harlow, Mythic Quest. Guest Artist Flute Recital. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 5, 2013) Faculty Saxophone Recital. University of Wisconsin Stout. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (May 5, 2011) Faculty Recital. The University of Wisconsin Stout. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 25, 2011) Hitherto and Henceforth for alto saxophone and horn in F (2009) by Ashley Floyd (b. 1982). Northeastern Illinois University. Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 1, 2011) Guest Artist Recital. Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary. Eau Claire, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (November 6, 2010) Guest Artist Recital. Arts on Grand. Spencer, IA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 12, 2009) Kenneth Fischer Saxophone Quartet. Guest Artist Concert, Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Jekyll Island, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 7, 2009) Guest Ensemble Member. Ludwig Symphony Orchestra. Roswell, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (January 11, 2008) Kenneth Fischer Saxophone Quartet. Guest Artist Concert. Reynolds Plantation, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (January 10, 2008) Kenneth Fischer Saxophone Quartet. Scholarship Concert Series; The University of Georgia. Athens, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (August 28, 2007) Kenneth Fischer Saxophone Quartet. Faculty Chamber Recital; The University of Georgia. Athens, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (April 13, 2007) Gegenschein (2007) by Sojourner Hodges (b. 1986). The University of Georgia. Athens, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 31, 2007) Kenneth Fischer Saxophone Quartet, The University of Georgia Doctoral Quartet. North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference. Hammond, LA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 31, 2007) Red Light, Green Light (2006) by Thomas West (b. 1980). North American Saxophone Alliance Region VI Conference. Hammond, LA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (March 4, 2007) Kenneth Fischer Saxophone Quartet. Faculty Recital; The University of Georgia. Athens, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 5, 2007) Faculty Recital. Emmanuel College. Franklin Springs, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 17, 2006) Flammes et Fumées. North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. Iowa City, IA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 15, 2006) A Performance Comparison of the Two Saxophone Concerti of Pierre Max Dubois. North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention. Iowa City, IA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (February 7, 2006) Kenneth Fischer Saxophone Quintet. Faculty Chamber Recital; The University of Georgia. Athens, GA, United States.
    • Durst, A. (May 2, 2004) Black Hills Saxophone Trio. Sturgis Area Arts Council. Sturgis, SD, United States.
    • Durst, A. (April 15, 1999) Reaction Suite. Fairbanks Symphony Association. Fairbanks, AL, u.

    Guest Soloist

    • Durst, A. (July 2012) Catch Me If You Can. St. Croix Valley Community Band. Hudson, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (July 3, 2012) Catch Me If You Can. Ludington Guard Band. Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (June 19, 2007) Improvisation 1, 2, 3. The University of Georgia Saxophone Workshop. Athens, GA, United States.

    Music Performance - Minor Participant, Opera/Musical

    • Durst, A. (April 2011) Chicago The Musical, Reed 1. The University of Wisconsin Stout Theatre Production. Menomonie, WI, United States.

    Music Composition - Other Work, Publication

    • Durst, A. (January 2010) Petite Symphonie.
    • Durst, A. (November 2008) Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Durst, A. (March 25, 2015). The Musical Score of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey”. UW-Stout Literature Committee Reading Across Campus, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (August 13, 2014). . New Instructor Workshop, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (2011). Musical instruments. Design, Theory, and Methods – Dr. Julie Peterson, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Durst, A. (2010). Musical instruments. Design, Theory, and Methods – Dr. Julie Peterson, Menomonie, WI, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Durst, A. Professional Development Grant. Sponsored by UW System and UW-Stout (Funded).
    • Durst, A. Lab Modernization Grant. Sponsored by UW-Stout (Funded).
    • Durst, A. Professional Development Grant. Sponsored by UW System and UW-Stout.

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Outstanding Teacher of the Year, UW-Stout (2014)
    • Graduate School Dean’s Award, The University of Georgia (March 14, 2007)
    • Director’s Excellence Award, The University of Georgia (April 30, 2006)
    • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, The University of Georgia (April 30, 2006)
    • Concerto Competition Winner, The University of South Dakota (February 1995)

    Honor

    • Featured Graduate Student, The University of Georgia Graduate School Magazine (June 2008)
    • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, The University of Georgia (May 2008)
    • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, The University of Georgia (May 2008)
    • Army Commendation Medal, 9th Army Band (March 31, 2000)
    • Army Achievement Medal, 9th Army Band (January 21, 2000)
    • 9th Army Band (October 5, 1999)
    • 9th Army Band (March 26, 1997)
    • Army Certificate of Achievement, Armed Forces School of Music (March 13, 1997)

    Scholarship

    • The Alice “Tim” Whitacker Scholarship, The University of Georgia (April 29, 2007)

    Fellowship

    • Hugh Hodgson School of Music Assistantship, The University of Georgia (August 2006)
    • University-wide Assistantship, The University of Georgia (2004)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Chair, Hiring Committee (2015)
    • Committee Member, Bylaws Committee (2014 - 2015)
    • Committee Member, Hiring Committee (2012)
    • Committee Member, Hiring Committee (2012)
    • Committee Member, Hiring Committee (2011)
    • Committee Member, Hiring Committee (2010)

    College

    • Committee Member, Governance Council (2013 - 2015)
    • Committee Chair, Promotion Committee (2014)
    • Vice-Chair, Promotion Committee (2013)
    • Committee Member, Promotion Committee (2011)
    • Committee Member, Promotion Committee (2010)
    • Panel Member, Assessment in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (October 6, 2010)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, Nakatoni Teaching and Learning Advisory Board (2012 - 2015)
      • Committee Chair, Textbook Selection Committee (May 2010)

      The University of Georgia

      • President, Music Graduate Student Association (August 2006 - August 2007)

    Community

    • Member, Messiah Lutheran School Board of Education (2013 - Present)
    • Member, Troppo Big Band Baritone Saxophone (2012 - Present)
    • Musician, Messiah Lutheran Church (September 2009 - Present)
    • Music Arranger & Copyist, Musician, Church of the Lutheran Confession Synod 50th Anniversary (September 2009 - June 2010)
    • Council President, Zion Lutheran Church (January 2006 - December 2007)
    • Synod Convention Delegate, Zion Lutheran Church (June 2006)
    • Council Secretary, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (January 2002 - December 2004)
    • Member, Rapid City Community Band Alto Saxophone (2001 - 2004)
    • Synod Convention Delegate, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (June 2004)
    • Member, Fairbanks Community Band Alto Saxophone (1997 - 2000)
    • Volunteer Radio Host and Producer, KUAC PBS (September 1998 - June 2000)
    • Member, Spencer Community Band Tenor Saxophone (1988 - 1992)