Music faculty

Chad Hutchinson, M.M.

Director of the Chamber Orchestra & Women's Choir

M.M., Bowling Green State University
B.M.E., Morningside College



Chad Hutchinson serves as director of Northwestern College's Chamber Orchestra and Women's Choir as well as teaching selected courses in the music department. In addition to his work at Northwestern, he serves as the assistant conductor for the South Dakota Symphony, making his professional debut with the ensemble in March 2013.  This summer, Mr. Hutchinson was named the new Coordinator and Music Director for the Siouxland Youth Orchestras, an ensemble that he played in as a youth.

He previously taught orchestra at Williamsville South High School in Buffalo, New York, and at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where both orchestras doubled in size during his tenure.  His orchestras have consistently received Division I ratings at large group contest and the Roosevelt High School Chamber Ensemble was selected to perform at the South Dakota Music Educator's Convention.

Mr. Hutchinson has a master's degree in orchestral conducting and a bachelor's degree in music education. He has been a conducting fellow in conducting workshops at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Kromeriz, Czech Republic. He has also served as a guest conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the Midwest and in New York state, most recently conducting the NWI Middle and High School Honor Orchestras.  Mr. Hutchinson lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Karen and daughters, Julia and Lauren.


  • Counterpoint


    The study of species counterpoint and 18th century fugues.Prerequisite: MUS211.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
  • Music Fundamentals Lab

    Music Fundamentals Lab

  • Exploring Music

    Exploring Music

    The student will survey the role of both music and musician in relation to the intellectual, religious and social conditions of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. Through listening and by examination of the elements and forms of music, the student will study the nature of the creative process in the context of a Christian perspective.(3 credits)
  • Women's Choir

    Women's Choir

  • Chamber Orchestra

    Chamber Orchestra

  • Methods of Teaching String Instruments

    Methods of Teaching String Instruments

    This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
  • Chamber Ensemble

    Chamber Ensemble

    (1/2 credit)

Professional experience

  • Assistant Conductor, South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, SD
    Coordinator and Music Director, Siouxland Youth Orchestras, Sioux City, IA  
    Orchestra Director, Williamsville South High School, Buffalo, NY  
    Orchestra Director, Roosevelt High School, Sioux Falls, SD   
    Music Director, Huron Symphony, Huron, SD


  • National Association for Music Educators
  • American String Teachers Association
  • South Dakota Music Education Association
  • The Conductor's Guild
  • The College Orchestra Directors Association