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, Symphonic Band, teaches courses in graduate conducting and wind literature, and guides all aspects of the concert band program. Zastoupil has conducted professional and student ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, including performances with the Metropolitan Winds and the Union Musicale “San Roque” wind ensemble of Villagordo del Cabriel outside of Valencia, Spain.
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 is also a contributing author in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA Publications. 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.
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, 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 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.