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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 and 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 Chenowith, 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 seven percent 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).

Music Events

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Jan 24

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Jan 28

Faculty Recital: Dr. Aaron Ragsdale

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Feb 4

Senior Recital: Joanna Engels

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Feb 5

Wind Symphony Concert

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Micah Perry

Perry advances to national singing competition

Micah Perry, a junior music education major at South Dakota State University, has qualified to compete in the national preliminary round of the National Student Auditions organized by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Pauli and Reynolds receive International Trumpet Guild scholarships

South Dakota State University students Liz Pauli and William Reynolds received scholarships to attend the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Hendricks wins award for costume design excellence

South Dakota State University student Mary Hendricks won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 5 Award for costume design excellence and will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to display her work.