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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 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 at SDSU Events

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Apr 19

Faculty Recital: Dr. Yi Chen

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Apr 23

Spring Festival of Music: Opera and Orchestra

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Apr 24

Spring Festival of Music: Jazz Bands

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Apr 24

Spring Festival of Music: Statesmen

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

Music at SDSU 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.

SDSU to hold 17th Biennial Madrigal Dinner

The South Dakota State University Choral Program will present its biennial Elizabethan Christmasse Feaste for the first time in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. The 2019 schedule is:

SDSU music professor receives Fulbright to teach in Egypt

Associate professor Tammy Evans Yonce has received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the Academy of Arts in Egypt this spring.