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John K. Southall, PhD currently serves as the Chair of the Performing & Visual Arts Department, Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. He is the Professional Development Conference Chairman and Past President of the Florida Music Education Association. He also serves as the Music Director of the Port St. Lucie Community Band. Dr. Southall has served as Chairman of the FMEA Finance committee, an editorial board member for the Research Perspectives in Music Education Journal and is a contributing author for the Florida Music Director magazine.


Dr. Southall was recently honored with the Indian River State College Endowed Teaching Chair in Fine Arts Award, and in the past has been a recipient of the Midwest International Clinic Conference Medal of Honor. He was also selected as the FMEA Florida College Music Educator of the Year, the Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year (FL) and the Western High School Teacher of the Year (FL).

Dr. Southall has been an active music education advocate, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter across the United States for over 33 years. He received the PhD and the MME from Florida State University and the BME from Florida A&M University. He has served on the faculties of Florida State University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Nova Southeastern University and Broward Community College. He has served as the music curriculum specialist, K-12 (FL), and President of the Broward County Music Educators Association (FL). He has also served as the director of bands at Western, Piper and Ely high schools in Broward County Florida and is a member of the Florida Music Education Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Florida College Music Educators Association , Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.