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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.

School of Performing Arts Events

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Feb 28

State University Theatre Presents: God of Carnage

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Mar 2

Concert Band Concert

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Mar 15

Faculty Recital: Evy Johnson

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Mar 19

Student Recital: Josiah Crawford

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

School of Performing Arts News

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Shawn Stemsrud has been selected to the 2021 National  American Choral Directors Association Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass

Stemsrud selected to the 2021 ACDA Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass

After attending his last class Feb. 5, South Dakota State University student Shawn Stemsrud checked his phone and saw an email he was expecting.

'God of Carnage' opens State University Theatre and Dance season

South Dakota State University’s State University Theatre and Dance opens its spring 2021 season with “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton.


State University Theatre and Dance announces spring schedule

State University Theatre and Dance will present its spring season in both in-person and livestream formats.