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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 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 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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Sep 21

Joshua Bell, Violin and Alessio Bax, Piano

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Oct 8


Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

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Prairie Repertory Theatre closes season with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Prairie Repertory Theatre closes its 50th season with next week’s showings of the award-winning musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” by Howard Ashman. The productions will be in person June 30 – July 2 at 7:30 p.m. and July 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ragsdale Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant

South Dakota State University professor Aaron Ragsdale was recently awarded a 2021 Literacy Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Ackman and Wismer team up for 'The Gin Game'

Two familiar faces return to the Prairie Repertory Theatre stage this week in “The Gin Game.”