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Music at SDSU

Tradition. Excellence. Travel.

The School of Performing Arts is where Jackrabbits come to express themselves through music. SDSU students have been making music on campus for over 125 years.

We are known as a school on the go. The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band has been featured in parades and festivals from coast to coast. Our choral ensembles have performed in some of the most well-known concert halls in the United States and Europe, as well as during prestigious national music conferences.

Not only do our students see the world, we also bring the world to our campus. In our state-of-the-art Larson Memorial Concert Hall, we have played host to performances by Leslie Odom Jr., Wynton Marsalis, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Kristin Chenoweth, the Soweto Gospel Choir and practically all of the top military service bands.

Led by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who were educated in some of the nation’s most prestigious music schools, our students are challenged to do their best in their studies, whether they be applied lessons, music theory and history courses or in music ensembles. More than 7% of all SDSU students, regardless of their major, participate in the music program each year. For those who want to major in music, three options are available – the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), the Bachelor of Arts in music studies and the Bachelor of Arts in music (music entrepreneurship specialization).

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South Dakota Chamber Winds to debut with two performances

The South Dakota Chamber Winds has announced its inaugural season, with a woodwind festival planned for later this month.

Cole to present senior recital

Eli Cole, a senior majoring in music education, will present his senior recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s Founders Recital Hall on the South Dakota State University campus.

Violinist SooBeen Lee featured in rescheduled season finale

The Brookings Chamber Music Society announces the rescheduling of its final concert of the season that was postponed due to weather. Violinist SooBeen Lee will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Founders Recital Hall in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.