USD Fall Music Schedule Includes Recitals, Concerts, Competitions and Lectures

The University of South Dakota Music Department’s fall schedule of classes, concerts, lectures and recitals includes guests like the Rawlins Piano Trio and a talk with the South Dakota Symphony’s conductor as well as its own faculty and student musicians.

USD’s music faculty presents its annual "Welcome Back Recital" at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 to students and members of the public.

Fall guest artists bring additional learning and performance experience to students, faculty and music lovers from the region. South Dakota Symphony conductor Delta David Gier talks about Gustav Mahler and his symphonies at 11 a.m., Sept. 24. USD’s own world-acclaimed recording artists, the Rawlins Piano Trio, performs at 8 p.m., Sept. 28.

The USD Department of Music also provides clinics, competitions and festivals throughout the year. This semester includes the South Dakota High School All-State Chorus workshop on Oct. 7, where David Holdhusen, interim chair of the music department, unites area high school musicians in a day of learning and fun, culminating in a 4 p.m. concert. Then on Oct. 17 bands from five states compete and perform in the DakotaDome at the Quad State Marching Competition.

Other fall events include USD ensembles, the USD Opera performing "The Elixir of Love” and The Sound of USD marching band performing for Coyote home football games.

Information on these and other events is available on the USD campus calendar under Arts and Entertainment, Music and Concerts. To receive a monthly listing of events, contact


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News