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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 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).

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Three students selected to the National Intercollegiate Honor Band

Three students in the South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts have been selected to the National Intercollegiate Honor Band. They are the only students selected from a South Dakota university or college. ...

Pfeifer to present senior recital

Jacob Pfeifer, a senior majoring in both music and computer science, will present his senior recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s Larson Memorial Concert Hall on the South Dakota State University campus.

Kattner to present senior recital

Sylvia Kattner, a music education major at South Dakota State University, will present her senior recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s Founders Recital Hall on the SDSU campus.