Native American student athletes recognized at basketball game

Native American Heritage Day was held in recognition of the nine South Dakota tribal nations with the 11 native athletes on campus at the Dakota Dome on Saturday, Feb. 19, during the men’s basketball game against Western Illinois.  The director of native student services Megan Red Shirt-Shaw and director of native recruitment and alumni engagement […]

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Minnesotan artist shares songs and stories with USD

Dennis Warner, a singer-songwriter from Minnesota, performed at the National Music Museum (NMM) on Feb. 17. Warner is from Clearwater, Minnesota and came to USD for his Friday performance. Warner said he likes to play and write positive music because he recognizes how powerful music is and how it affects people. “I believe both from […]

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USD’s International Club hosts International Mother Language Day

The International Club hosted an event in the MUC in celebration of International Mother Language Day to not only teach students about the holiday but also to promote it as well. The idea to celebrate International Mother Language day also known as Matribhasha Diwas was an initiative by Bangladesh and was promoted by the United […]

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South Dakota New Music brings unique sound to Colton Recital Hall

Eight composers and 11 performers made up the South Dakota New Music performance Monday night inside of Colton Recital Hall. The show welcomed an in-person crowd and was livestreamed on the Department of Music’s website. In total, there were three world premieres, including a piece made by assistant professor Paul Lombardi, who was the artistic […]

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The RHA Winter Formal has the potential to become a tradition

The RHA Winter Formal was introduced to USD and the Vermillion community as an open-door event in 2021. Its huge success with a turnout of 57 students created the opportunity to renew the event while creating a new USD tradition, said Travis Hill, the Residence Hall director of Burgess, Norton and Brookman Hall and advisor […]

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USD Symphony Orchestra in concert

USD Symphony Orchestra will be performing their concert in Aalfs Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The orchestra will feature guest cello soloist Sonja Kraus, a USD faculty member who will be performing “Variations Symphoniques” by French composer Leon Boellman. Luis Viquez, director of orchestras and music director of the USD Symphony Orchestra, said the […]

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Annual holiday concert to showcase ensembles

The USD Department of Music will host their annual holiday concert in Aalfs Auditorium Dec. 5. The USD Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Choir and Collegium Musicum will all perform at the concert.  C. J. Kocher, the director of Jazz Ensemble I, said in an email interview with The Volante that the holiday concert is a celebration […]

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USD Concert Band and Symphonic Band Perform Together

The University of South Dakota Concert Band and Symphonic Band have been practicing for many months for their Concert Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium. The Concert Band and Symphonic Band will be performing many different pieces throughout the night and will come together to perform. The bands hope to represent all of […]

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USD Opera to perform “All Together Now” this weekend

USD Opera will be hosting its first event of the year, “All Together Now: Operatic Scenes and Ensembles” Nov. 20 and 21. The program features eight scenes from operas and operettas with music by composers such as Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Stephen Sondheim. Assistant Professor of music JuanCarlos Mendoza is directing the event. Mendoza said […]

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