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USD Hosts Second Triennial Interdisciplinary Symposium Jan. 30-31

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music presents “Sound, Color, Shape…,” an interdisciplinary symposium meant to bring together students and faculty from across campus, Jan. 30-31.

“The symposium explores the human experience and how we seek to understand our environment and the world around us,” said Paul Lombardi, Ph.D., assistant professor of music. “The environment we explore is not just limited to our physical surroundings, but also includes our social, political, philosophical, psychological or emotional realms.”

Frank Diaz, Ph.D., an associate professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will deliver the keynote address Jan. 30 from 11 – 11:50 a.m. in the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Along with his work as an educator and conductor, Diaz is an active researcher on topics such as mindfulness in arts education, contemplative science and teacher wellness.

The symposium also features presentations from faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the School of Education, the School of Law and the Sanford School of Medicine. Additionally, participants can enjoy the 34th annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition on display at the John A. Day Gallery and “Of Ebony Embers,” a chamber music theatre work celebrating the art of the Harlem Renaissance, by Core Ensemble with Dracyn Blount and Mikael Darmanie.

All the “Sound, Color, Shape…” presentations are open to students and the public.

Download a full schedule of events, times and locations

For more information, please contact Paul Lombardi at


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.


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.


Hanna DeLange
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