John Zastoupil


Northwestern University, D.M.A – Wind Conducting

University of Michigan, M.M. – Wind Conducting

Baylor University, Bachelor of Music Education


John Zastoupil

Dr. John Zastoupil is the Director of Concert Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Springfield Youth Wind Ensemble, and Community Band; teaches courses in graduate conducting, wind literature, and score study; and guides all aspects of a comprehensive concert band program of five concert ensembles. Since arriving at MSU, Zastoupil founded the MSU Conducting Workshop and the Springfield Youth Wind Ensemble, as well as co-sponsoring the Palen Concert Clinic for concert bands hosted at Missouri State. The MSU Wind Ensemble has received national attention with recent invited performances at the 2018 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Regional Convention (Houston, TX), the 2018 Missouri Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop/Conference, and an opening fanfare for the Dallas Winds concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX. Zastoupil guest conducts professional and student honor ensembles throughout the United States and abroad. Performances include the Metropolitan Winds, the Union Musicale “San Roque” wind ensemble of Villagordo del Cabriel near Valencia, Spain, and the Tak Ming Philharmonic Winds of Hong Kong, HK where he collaborated with renowned international euphonium soloist, Steven Mead.

An advocate of music education and advancing the wind repertoire, Zastoupil has prepared and conducted works for composers such as Michael Daugherty, William Bolcolm, Augusta Read-Thomas, Stephen Gryc and the late Gunther Schuller. Active in commissioning composers for new music, he commissioned composer Scott McAllister for a piece intended for university and middle school bands titled, “Hold-Fast.” The work was premiered as a side-by-side performance with the Scoggins Middle School Symphonic Band from McKinney, TX. Dr. Zastoupil’s work in conducting and ensemble pedagogy led to a collaboration with MusicProfessor, LLC, an online web based music company based in Los Angeles. In 2013, his forty-three lesson online video-conducting curriculum for instrumental music teachers was launched nationwide. He is also a contributing author in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA Publications and served as an invited clinician for the Missouri Bandmasters Association Summer Convention, the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, and as an adjudicator, clinician, and presenter for professional development days across the country.

In addition, Zastoupil’s previous collegiate experience includes Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas - Arlington and Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, he was named Outstanding Lecturer in Classroom Instruction and inducted as an honorary member to the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association in 2008. Originally from Texas, Zastoupil holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University where he was the L.K. Skornia endowed fellowship winner and an adjunct instructor in the Bienen School of Music. His doctoral dissertation, “The Application of Select Musical Rhetorical Devices for Conductor’s in Score Study,” explores the practical use of classical rhetorical figures within interpretive analysis. He received the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Michigan, the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, and is a former student of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Educators, Missouri Music Educators, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He and his wife Jennifer, with their three children, Jordan, Joshua, and Julia, reside in Springfield, MO.