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John Herlihy, D.M.A.

Director of Bands, Coordinator of Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion & Assistant Professor of Music: Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Conducting

B.S. Music Education, West Chester University
M.S. Music Education, Queens College
D.M.A. Rutgers University

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Totino Fine Arts Center 2320


John S. Herlihy serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Minnesota. His responsibilities include Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and the coordination of the Chamber Music program. Additional teaching responsibilities include Instrumental Conducting, Secondary Instrumental Methods and the supervision of student teachers. Prior to Northwestern, Dr. Herlihy served as a Supervisor of Performing Arts and Director of Bands at public high schools in Long Island, New York and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Herlihy has maintained an active performance schedule as a conductor and freelance musician having performed with Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, KCGO Big Band, Rutgers University Symphony Band, Suffolk County Music Educators Association Division III Symphonic Band, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, C.W. Post Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery County Pennsylvania Honors Band, and New York Mid-Island Honors Band. In addition, Dr. Herlihy has conducted or performed in pit orchestras for numerous theatrical productions throughout Long Island and New York City and the Philadelphia region, as well as on campus at Northwestern.

Dr. Herlihy holds a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Music Education from Queens College in New York, and a D.M.A in Music Education with a cognate in Conducting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition, Herlihy holds association memberships in the College Band Directors National Association. The College Music Society, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and NAfME, the National Association for Music Education.

John and his wife, Nadene, live in Little Canada, Minnesota.

Faculty member since 2010


B.S. Music Education, West Chester University
M.S. Music Education, Queens College
D.M.A. Rutgers University

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