Smokey Valley director of bands Shawn Knopp will join the faculty at Tabor College as assistant professor of instrumental music.
Knopp will begin teaching and conducting duties in August. He will conduct the Tabor College symphonic band, jazz band, and chamber strings as well as teach instrumental music education courses.
“The rich tradition of music at Tabor College is well-known throughout the state,” Knopp said. “I am honored to become a part of supporting and advancing that heritage.”
Knopp had 27 Smokey Valley students in all-state band and conducted numerous special performances including concerts at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
He also has worked for Bethany College, Central Christian College, and McPherson College, and has held conducting positions with several churches and community groups, including McPherson Community Theatre and Lindsborg Band.