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September 3, 2010 — Dr. Randall. D. Royer is the new Chair of the Fine & Applied Arts Department at Black Hills State University. He replaces Dr. Janeen Larsen who retired. The Fine & Applied Arts Department includes Music, Theater, Art, and Mass Communications. Royer is Professor of Music at Black Hills State University and has been a member of the BHSU Music Department since 1997. He previously taught and directed public school instrumental music in Evanston, Wyoming including elementary, middle school and high school concert and jazz bands. Royer presently teaches various music courses at BHSU and directs the BHSU Jazz Ensemble and the Dakota Chamber Orchestra in residence at BHSU. Royers major instruments are oboe and English horn, but also performs frequently on guitar. Dr. Royer earned a Bachelors degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and a Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in Educational Administration from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Royer also has a degree in Audio Engineering from the Institute of Audio Research in New York City. Dr. Royer is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a bandmasters fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary scholarship society, the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) along with the state chapter (SDMEA), and the South Dakota Bandmasters Association (SDBA). In 2006, Dr. Royer was recognized by the BHSU Faculty Senate with the Distinguished Faculty Award. He currently serves as President of the Spearfish, SD School Board.