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USD Department of Music Hosts "Sound, Color, Shape..." Symposium

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music will present “Sound, Color, Shape…,” March 29-31, an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the human experience, featuring presentations by various departments across campus.

“I feel strongly about the inherent interdisciplinary nature of the aesthetic experience,” said Paul Lombardi, assistant professor of music. “I hope to connect students from diverse departments with each other and encourage them to consider the varied academic methods used to explore our human interpretations of the world.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Keith Salley, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Shenandoah University at 11 a.m., March 30, at the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

All events are free and open to the public. The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the College of Fine Arts, the Department of Music and the Honors Program. It is also part of an ongoing series of events for USD’s semester long celebration of Yiddish culture, “The Green Violin.” For more information and a full schedule of symposium events, please visit the symposium's website.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.