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School of Performing Arts

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 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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Jan 27

Dr. Ragsdale Faculty Recital

Feb 3

Capers 2022

Feb 4

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Feb 5

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Wood receives Kennedy Center medallion

Jim Wood, an associate professor at South Dakota State University, has been selected as the 50th recipient of the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Region 5. He will be honored during the upcoming virtual festival, which will be Jan.

“The Thanksgiving Play” brings faculty and student collaboration

State University Theatre is putting on a unique performance, “The Thanksgiving Play,” at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center this week through the weekend. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 18-20. There is one showtime at 2 p.m. Nov. 21.

Performance at the Performing Arts Center.

Brookings Chamber Music Society season opens in October

The Brookings Chamber Music Society’s fall membership drive has kicked off and its 2021-22 season opens Oct. 14.