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Welcome to the School of Performing Arts

South Dakota State University Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (good standing reaffirmed in 2011) and Theatre is accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Theatre. As a member of NASM and NAST, the Music and Theatre Programs are committed to upholding the organization’s national standards for curriculum and policy. Those standards may be found in the NASM Handbook and the NAST Handbook

The school enjoys excellent facilities including the new state-of-the-art Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. The Oscar is the location of the 1000-seat Larson Memorial Concert Hall, which plays host annually to some of the world’s most important classical and popular performing artists and the 225-seat Founders Recital Hall with its Reuter Pipe Organ.

One only has to spend a few moments with us to realize that the School of Performing Arts functions as a family. Students experience all the benefits associated with studying at a sizable land-grant institution, but still get to know their professors on a one-on-one basis.

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Ackman celebrating final curtain call

J.D. Ackman, coordinator of theatre, will be retiring in August after 32 years of service. Ackman served as the managing and artistic director of Prairie Repertory Theatre from 2007 to 2021 and the director of State University Theatre and Dance from 2010 to 2022.

Jazz festival brings optimism to SDSU and Brookings community

The past few years have increased the need for unity and optimism. The continued partnership between the Brookings Optimist Club and SDSU brought that optimism at their 17th annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, held on April 7.

Prairie Repertory Theatre to open season with three shows in June

Prairie Repertory Theatre will open its season June 8 with “The Play That Goes Wrong” in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s Oscar Larson Theatre on the South Dakota State University campus.