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, and Springfield Youth Wind Ensemble; teaches courses in graduate conducting and wind literature; and guides all aspects of a comprehensive concert band program of five concert ensembles, including an 80-member community band. 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. By invitation, the MSU Wind Ensemble performed at the 2018 Missouri Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop/Conference, the 2018 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Regional Convention (Houston, TX), and an opening fanfare for the Dallas Winds concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX. Zastoupil has also conducted professional and student honor 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.
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, and the late Gunther Schuller. Active in commissioning composers for new music, he recently 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.
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 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.