Sharon Toulouse

Assistant Director, Bands
Primary office:
124 C Murphy Hall


M.M. University of Kansas; B.M.E. University of Kansas

Although graduating from high school in Corpus Christi, TX Sharon Toulouse calls Lawrence, KS home. After graduating in 1998 from The University of Kansas with a bachelor's in Music Education, Sharon became the assistant director of bands at Lawrence Free State High School. In 2003, Sharon pursued a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Wind Conducting at The University of Kansas. Upon graduating in 2005, she was offered a position as an officer/conductor in The United States Army.  During her Army career, she worked with The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, VA, and The United States Army Field Band at Fort Meade, MD.  After the birth of her son Timothy in 2011, she separated from active Army and joined the Army Reserves where she currently holds the position of Executive Officer/Associate Conductor of the 312th Army Band in Lawrence, KS. Sharon returned home to Kansas in 2012 when she was hired as the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Kansas.  Her duties include working with the KU Marching Jayhawks, training the KU Drum Majors, directing the KU Men's Basketball Band, teaching Beginning Conducting, and directing the KU University Band.

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.