Discover your talents, share your passion and realize your dream.

We provide students with the knowledge and skills to become professional musicians – performers, educators, scholars and lifelong learners. Our students are supported by more than $240,000 in scholarships each year. We offer students opportunities for musical development, leadership growth and personal enrichment through mentored performances, classroom study, individual instruction and guided research.


  • portrait of Kaitlin Pearson, MTNA competition winner
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Kaitlin Pearson, a graduate student in vocal performance, was awarded third place in the National Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition in Voice. The competition was held in Spokane, Washington on March 18.
  • VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Opera presents Massenet's enchanting adaptation of "Cinderella," a cherished fairy tale worldwide, April 27 and 28 in Aalfs Auditorium.
  • Fall 2019 Piano Graduate Studio! Dr. Feris is excited to teach these talented pianists who came from Texas, Brazil, Argentina, and Greece! Welcome to USD!