Dr. Darrin Oehlerking currently serves as Associate Dean of Student Affairs for the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and is a faculty member in the Music Department. He conducts the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra, and oversees student services, learning communities and recruiting for the College. He previously served as Director of Bands and Jazz at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, and as Music Coordinator for the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His post-secondary experience also includes assignments at the University of Manitoba and Iowa Wesleyan College.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Oehlerking earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting at The University of Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Myron Welch. He also studied with Dr. Dale J. Lonis at the University of Manitoba, where he earned his Masters in Music Performance with an emphasis in Conducting. His undergraduate work was also at Manitoba, where he earned separate Bachelors degrees in Music and Education.
Prior to his appointment at Saskatchewan, Dr. Oehlerking taught a wide variety of students and musicians at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels. His ensembles have enjoyed success on local, national and international stages, garnering outstanding performance awards and showcase invitations from a variety of organizations. In July 2015, the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra had the honour of performing at the bi-annual conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose, California. In 2013 the ensemble performed at the Jungfrau Festival in Interlachen, Switzerland and the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands.
Dr. Oehlerking recently conducted the 2022 National Youth Band of Canada, held at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He is currently the Chairperson of the Canadian Wind Conductors of Canada, and has previously served as the President of the Canadian Band Association, as well as the President of the Saskatchewan Band Association. He is also a Yamaha Artist/Educator. He belongs to several other professional organizations, including the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, Manitoba Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, WASBE, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Oehlerking has conducted ensembles, served as an adjudicator, conference presenter and clinician across Canada, as well as in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. He has had two arrangements for wind band published by Eighth Note Publications – Regimental March of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Souvenir de Quebec.
- Doctor of Musical Arts, Wind Band Conducting. University of Iowa (2008)
- Master of Music, Music Performance, Conducting, University of Manitoba (2004)
- Bachelor of Music, General Studies, University of Manitoba (1997)
- Bachelor of Education, Elementary and Secondary Music, University of Manitoba (1997)