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School of Performing Arts

Welcome to the School of Performing Arts

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

The preparation of music teachers is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The department is committed to upholding CAEP’s standards for curriculum and policy for the delivery of the Bachelor of Music Education degree. 

The school enjoys excellent facilities including the new state-of-the-art Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is the location of the 1000-seat Larson 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 Reuters 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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Sep 26

Reflections: Theatre+Dance at the Garden

McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center
Sep 25

Reflections: Theatre+Dance at the Garden

McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center
Nov 8

Student Recital: Alyssa Anderson

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Nov 22

State University Theatre Presents: "The Living"

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

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State University Theatre and Dance opens season Sept. 25

State University Theatre and Dance opens its fall 2020 season at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 with “Reflections: Theatre+Dance at the Garden” at McCrory Gardens.

Honors Hall

Million-dollar grant creates Harlan and Dian Stai Honors Scholars program at SDSU

A multiyear grant from the Dian Graves Owen Foundation of Abilene, Texas, to South Dakota State University will provide funds to create four-year scholarships to select high-achieving students from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who are accepted into the Van D. and Barbara B.

Doner Auditorium project progresses with SDHC grant

The Doner Auditorium digital preservation project is moving forward, thanks to a South Dakota Humanities Council grant.