Dr. Alan D. LaFave
Dean, School of Fine Arts
Professor of Music/Clarinet
B.M.E. Instrumental/Vocal Music, Northern State University
M.M., D.M.A., Clarinet Performance, Arizona State University, Tempe
Office: Spafford Hall 316
Dr. Alan D. LaFave was director of bands at Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D., from 1991-2006. He is Northern's dean of fine arts and professor of music/clarinet. He holds the B.M.E. in instrumental/vocal music from and the M.M. and D.M.A. in clarinet performance from Arizona State University, Tempe. Dr. LaFave previously taught at Augustana College, Sioux Falls; Arizona State University, Tempe; Grand Canyon University, Phoenix; and Central High School, Aberdeen. His formal clarinet training includes studies with Harvey Moen, James Gai and Robert Spring. Dr. LaFave has performed with the Phoenix Bach Choir Orchestra, Quintessence, the Arizona Ballet Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony, and was principal clarinet with the Arizona State University Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and American Serenade Band. He performed for three consecutive Northern Plains Clarinet symposiums, as well as the Grand Forks, N.D., and Montana/Idaho Clarinet (Missoula, Mont.) symposiums. He is in constant demand as a soloist throughout the upper Midwest and presented a solo performance for the 2000 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest.
Dr. LaFave was named the 2000 South Dakota Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year by Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In March 2002, the NSU Symphonic Band performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. In 2006, Dr. LaFave was elected to the American Bandmasters Association and was the recipient of the Phi Beta Mu Distinguished Service Award. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the SDHSAA and the Outstanding Administrator Award from the South Dakota Music Educators Association in 2012.
Dr. LaFave maintains an active and vigorous schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and soloist throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as a guest conductor, soloist, and clinician in Alaska, Arizona, Bahamas, Colorado, Iowa, Manitoba, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. He is the past president of the South Dakota Music Educator’s Association. He has taught at the International Music Camp, Peace Garden, N.D., and Yellowstone Music Camp, Powell, Wyo., and is director of Rushmore National Music Camp, Keystone, S.D. He resides in Aberdeen with his wife, Kari; and two daughters, Ashley and Alexis.