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, Springfield Youth Wind Ensemble, and Community Band; teaches courses in graduate conducting, wind literature, and score study; and guides all aspects of a comprehensive concert band program. Since arriving at MSU, the University Wind Ensemble received national attention with invited performances at the CBDNA Southwestern Regional Convention, the MMEA In-Service Workshop/Conference, an opening fanfare for the Dallas Winds at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX, and is a semi-finalist for the American Prize in wind ensemble performance. Zastoupil regularly guest conducts professional and student honor ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, including performances in Europe and Asia.
An advocate of music education and having served on music education faculties, Zastoupil is passionate about colleges and universities supporting public school music programs and their educators. Actively involved in the public schools as a clinician and adjudicator, he is eager to serves students of all levels of music education. He founded the MSU Conducting Workshop to serve area teachers; the Springfield Youth Wind Ensemble to allow high school students an opportunity to perform with other outstanding musicians from across the state; and co-sponsors the Palen Concert Clinic for concert bands hosted at MSU. In 2016, he commissioned composer Scott McAllister for a piece intended for university and middle school bands, which was premiered as a side-by-side performance with the middle school ensemble. Furthermore, he has an online video-conducting curriculum for instrumental music teachers through MusicProfessor, is a contributing author in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA Publications, and served as an invited clinician for the Missouri Bandmasters Association Summer Convention and the Missouri Music Educators Association In-Serice Workshop/Conference. His professional education includes Northwestern University (DMA), the University of Michigan (MM), Baylor University (BME), and is a former student of the Aspen Music Festival and School.