SWOSU's James South Inducted into OMEA Hall of Fame

Dr. James South 

Dr. James South, chair and professor of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Music in Weatherford, was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

The ceremony took place in the Tulsa Downtown Doubletree Hotel as part of the OMEA annual Winter In-Service Workshop.  OMEA is the state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education.

Dr. South served for nine years on the OMEA board; three years as higher education vice president, two years as president-elect, two years (2005-06) as president, and two years as past-president.  He is currently the president-elect of the Southwest Division of the National Association for Music Education.

As the director of bands at SWOSU from 1995-2011, he conducted the SWOSU Wind Ensemble in five honor band performances at the OMEA convention.  South became chair of the SWOSU Music Department in August 2008.

Dr. South graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music Education and the University of North Texas with a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts.  He has taught in the Irving (TX) Independent School District, Northlake College (Irving TX), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Emporia (KS) State University and has taught at SWOSU since 1995.