Herbert E. Dregalla, Jr., Ph.D

Interim Chair, School of Music

Herbert E. Dregalla Jr., Ph.D.

Interim Chair, School of Music
Professor of Music

088E Creative Arts Center


Dr. Herbert E. Dregalla, Jr., is the Interim Chair of the School of Music. Dr. Dregalla has a broad background of training and experience in instrumental music and music education. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Dregalla taught in Ohio, New York, Tennessee, and Nebraska before becoming Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Wright State University in 1998.

In January 2011, Dr. Dregalla was appointed Director of Semester Conversion and charged with supervising Wright State University’s conversion from the quarter system to the semester system. This transition occurred smoothly in August 2012.  Dr. Dregalla also served as Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Since 1995, Dr. Dregalla has conducted performances of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker with the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company and the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Over these years, Dr. Dregalla has worked with dancers from Ballet West, The Omaha Ballet, The Denver Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and other major national and international ballet companies. In 2011, Dr. Dregalla was awarded the Lincoln Midwest Company's Lyle R. Johnson Commitment to Excellence Award, for outstanding support of the Ballet Company.

Dr. Dregalla holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has studied clarinet with Joseph Bosoty, Alan Squire and Herbert Blayman, and conducting with Henry Schuman, Dwight Oltman, and Bruce Hangen. From 1969 to 1971, Dr. Dregalla served in the United States Army as a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, N.Y. In 1984 he was awarded the Conservatory Alumni Award by Baldwin-Wallace College for achievements in music and music education.

From 1980 to 1998, Dr. Dregalla was on the faculty of Nebraska Wesleyan University where he conducted the NWU Symphonic Band and taught instrumental conducting, instrumental music methods and other university classes. He also served as Chair of the Department of Music and Chair of the Division of Fine and Applied Arts.

Dr. Dregalla is a former clarinetist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has toured Nebraska under the sponsorship of the Nebraska Arts Council, both as a clarinet soloist and as a member of the Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Huntington Trio.

In 1993 Dr. Dregalla was appointed Music Director of the Lincoln Municipal Band, a professional band performing in Lincoln with a history of more than 100 years, a position which he held through 1998. In August of 1994, the Lincoln Municipal Band, under the direction of Dr. Dregalla, performed a series of concerts in Japan as guest of the government of the city of Matsusaka, Japan. These concerts included two performances at the prestigious World Festival Exposition in Japan’s Mie Prefecture.

Dr. Dregalla served as the Music Director and conductor of the Lincoln Civic Orchestra from 1986 to 1998. Dr. Dregalla has served on the executive board of both the Nebraska Music Education Association and the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and on the steering committee for the Nebraska Coalition for Music Education.

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