Fine Arts looks forward, prepares for “normal” semester

The Fine Arts building has seen many changes during the last year due to COVID-19 — changes such as smaller ensembles, livestreamed performances and limited audiences.   Before COVID-19, Bruce Kelley, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said the building was lively and had frequent performances. Although the departments have tried to continue with performances, Kelley said […]

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“Songs of the Seasons” Graduate opera recital

Vocal performance major Michaela Lynn Rabideau performed her graduate opera recital Saturday. It was held in Colton Recital Hall, which currently has a limited attendance of 28 people. The theme of Rabideau’s performance was seasons. She started with summer, then went through autumn, winter and spring, then ended with an opera joke of audition season. Most of the […]

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She Kills Monsters brings empowerment and fantasy to the stage

The upcoming USD production of She Kills Monsters empowers women through adventure and growth. Premiering via livestream at the Knutson Theatre April 22-25, She Kills Monsters brings strong, complex LGBTQ+ characters to the stage.  Senior theatre studies major and acting, stage management and technical directing emphasis, LD Dowell plays Tilly in She Kills Monsters.  Dowell […]

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USD Faculty Ensembles perform for first time together

The USD Faculty Ensembles in Concert will feature two faculty ensembles: the Faculty Brass Quintet and the South Dakota Chamber Winds. This will be the first concert the two wind groups perform together. Both groups will perform separately and at the end they will perform a piece together.   Assistant professor of horn Dr. Amy Laursen has been playing the horn for […]

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Make Your Voice Heard: Open Mic Night hosted by the Fine Arts department

The Fine Arts department hosted the Make Your Voice Heard: Open Mic Night in the MUC pit March 26. The goal was to promote works of fine arts students, but it wasn’t just for fine arts students to enjoy.  Third-year MFA directing candidate in the department of theater, Oliver Mayes, said the event was an opportunity […]

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One-Act​ Festival celebrates student writers, directors

The annual Ron L. Moyer One-Act Festival gives student directors and playwrights a chance to showcase their talents here at USD. On March 26, three short plays were showcased with a virtual audience for the festival. The plays were 4.48 Psychosis, A Sky Blue Roof and Leo and Momma, all directed by students.  Senior secondary […]

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Jade Bolin’s senior percussion recital

At USD, every music major has to perform a half hour recital to fulfill their graduation requirements. For percussionists, this includes a mallet piece, a multiple percussion piece and a small or group ensemble piece.  Senior music education major Jade Bolin performed her senior recital on March 27th in Colton Recital Hall in the Fine Arts building. Bolin has […]

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Faculty recital continues through setbacks

The yearly faculty recital is put on by a group of volunteer staff members who wish to perform for students, faculty and the community. Despite experiencing small setbacks such as social distancing, the recital was able to be performed almost exactly like prior years. Assistant Professor of Horn, Amy Laursen, performed at the yearly staff recital on Jan. 25. Laursen […]

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‘A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder’ brings comedy to stage

While the fall semester slowly rolls to an end, the Musical Theatre department is preparing for a highlight of the fall semester — the fall musical. This year, USD Musical Theatre is performing the Tony Award winning, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder. Set in 1907, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder follows […]

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Interim dean of fine arts named full-time dean

Bruce Kelley has been named dean of Fine Arts after serving as interim dean of the college since February. Kelley arrived at USD in 2007 as an Associate Professor of Music. He was promoted to full Professor in 2013, then was appointed Assistant Provost in March of 2019 before being named interim dean of Fine […]

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