The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

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The Department of Music at the University of South Dakota offers undergraduate degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, and Musical Arts; and the state's only Master of Music degree with specialization in Music Performance, Education, Conducting, and Music History. ORCHESTRAL STUDIES FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA: Dr. Luis A. Víquez, Assistant Professor of Music. Music Director. The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Ioana Galu, Assistant Professor of Music. Violin/Viola, Chamber Orchestra, Rawlins Piano Trio. Dr. Marie-Élaine Gagnon, Associate Professor of Music. Cello, Chamber Orchestra, Rawlins Piano Trio. Dr. Richard Rognstad, Emeritus Professor of Music and Emeritus Director of Orchestras. Contrabass.

Mission: The mission of the Department of Music at the University of South Dakota is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become professional musicians, performers, educators, scholars, and lifelong learners.

Rapid City Central High School Orchestra is on tour in Costa Rica, at the same time USD’s very own Dr. Luis Víquez is...
06/06/2019

Rapid City Central High School Orchestra is on tour in Costa Rica, at the same time USD’s very own Dr. Luis Víquez is teaching/conducting for the summer. Dr. Víquez performed as a soloist with them today at San José’s Metropolitan Cathedral Bands at the University of South Dakota University of South Dakota Clarinet Studio The University of South Dakota USD Department of Music #daddariowoodwinds

It truly was a great year for the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra!
05/05/2019

It truly was a great year for the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra!

05/02/2019

The University of South Dakota Strings and Orchestral Studies faculty wishes all the best to Maestra Aviva Segall, celebrating 20 years of an outstanding career as the Music Director of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras. Thanks for being an inspiring teacher and conductor, and for all your kindness with our institution!

04/24/2019

Krissy Blunck, graduate conducting recital featuring the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Ken Wang, Violin. April 24, 2019 at 5:30 in Colton Recital Hall.

Do not miss the last concert of the 2018-2019 season of the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, which will fe...
04/24/2019

Do not miss the last concert of the 2018-2019 season of the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, which will feature graduate conductor Krissy Blunck on her final conducting performance at USD and with works by Elgar, Frost, Meyer and Holst. Wednesday April 24, 5:30 pm. Colton Recital Hall. Free Admission. It will be live-streamed in the USD Symphony page.

We are on the final rehearsal for our last concert of the year. MM Orchestral Conducting student Krissy Blunck conducts ...
04/22/2019

We are on the final rehearsal for our last concert of the year. MM Orchestral Conducting student Krissy Blunck conducts works by Elgar, Meyer, Frost and Holst with the USD Symphony. April 24, 5:30 pm. Colton Recital Hall. FREE ADMISSION

APRIL 27-28 Aalfs AuditoriumDirected by Dr. Tracelyn GestelandConducted by Dr. Luis A. VíquezFeaturing members of The U...
04/19/2019

APRIL 27-28
Aalfs Auditorium
Directed by Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland
Conducted by Dr. Luis A. Víquez
Featuring members of The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

04/19/2019
2019 Grand Finale Concert: Carmina Burana

Check out the last minutes of our epic University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Choirs 2019 Grand Finale Concert, performing Orff's "Carmina Burana" under the direction of Dr. Luis A. Víquez.

Graduate Orchestral Conducting candidate Krissy Blunck prepares her graduate recital with members of the USDSO. April 24...
04/18/2019

Graduate Orchestral Conducting candidate Krissy Blunck prepares her graduate recital with members of the USDSO. April 24, 5:30 pm in Colton Recital Hall. Works by Elgar, Meyer, Frost, and Holst.

USD Symphonic Band on tour at The University of Iowa Voxman School of Music!
04/17/2019

USD Symphonic Band on tour at The University of Iowa Voxman School of Music!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ben Lunn, former percussionist of the USD Symphony Orchestra...
04/15/2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ben Lunn, former percussionist of the USD Symphony Orchestra. He will be greatly missed!

April 12, 2019 - Aalfs AuditoriumPictures courtesy by Dr. Susanne Skyrm, Emeritus Professor of Piano from USD.
04/14/2019

April 12, 2019 - Aalfs Auditorium
Pictures courtesy by Dr. Susanne Skyrm, Emeritus Professor of Piano from USD.

04/12/2019
Carmina Burana at the University of South Dakota - 2019

CARMINA BURANA at The University of South Dakota! April 12, 2019. 7:30 pm. Aalfs Auditorium. FREE ADMISSION! Featuring guest composer Daniel Morel and mezzosoprano soloist Kelly Birch from the Kansas City Lyric Opera! Do not miss it! Here is a sample of our very successful final dress rehearsal!

04/07/2019

Tonight! Do not miss it! Faculty Artist Recital: Dr. Luis Viquez & Diane Van den Oever It will be livestreamed via the University of South Dakota Clarinet Studio page!

04/07/2019

Live from Colton Recital Hall. The University of South Dakota Chamber Orchestra presenting “An Evening of American Music”

Thanks, Mrs. Bender for welcoming the USD Strings/Orchestral faculty in a great clinic with the Norfolk High School Orch...
03/29/2019

Thanks, Mrs. Bender for welcoming the USD Strings/Orchestral faculty in a great clinic with the Norfolk High School Orchestras today!

We were honored to have Maestro Delta David Gier, Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony, working today with the US...
03/28/2019

We were honored to have Maestro Delta David Gier, Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony, working today with the USD Symphony Orchestra. Such an inspiring evening!

03/28/2019

Maestro Delta David Gier, Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony, in rehearsal with the USD Symphony Orchestra!

Dr. Luis Víquez, Director of Orchestras at USD had the pleasure to conduct at the Northeast South Dakota Orchestra Fest...
03/20/2019

Dr. Luis Víquez, Director of Orchestras at USD had the pleasure to conduct at the Northeast South Dakota Orchestra Festival, held yesterday at the Watertown High School. Our Strings faculty, Dr. Ioana Galu and Prof. Sonja Kraus worked and coached the 7th grade orchestra. Congratulations, students and directors!

03/08/2019
Harry Potter with the USD Symphony Orchestra!

From our last March 1st concert at the 2019 University of South Dakota Orchestra Festival.

"Highlights from Harry Potter" by John Williams/M. Story
The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Luis Víquez, conductor
Wayne Knutson Theater

#tbt Nicole Santos and Pedro T. Medeiros performed as soloists in the Presidential Inauguration Showcase last February w...
03/08/2019

#tbt Nicole Santos and Pedro T. Medeiros performed as soloists in the Presidential Inauguration Showcase last February with the USD Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Luis A. Víquez. Thanks to Dr. Laura Vidler for taking such beautiful pictures!

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo
03/07/2019

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo

CARMINA BURANA at The University of South Dakota on a FREE ADMISSION concert this April 12, 7:30 pm at Aalfs Auditorium....
03/07/2019

CARMINA BURANA at The University of South Dakota on a FREE ADMISSION concert this April 12, 7:30 pm at Aalfs Auditorium. Do not miss it! https://www.facebook.com/events/361550088027749/ USD Muenster University Center Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company Vermillion Area Arts Council National Music Museum (NMM) Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan Sioux City Journal Daniel Morel, Composer Kelly Birch, Mezzo Soprano

Congrats to the USD Symphony and Chamber Orchestras on two superb performances today at the 2019 USD Spring Orchestra Fe...
03/02/2019

Congrats to the USD Symphony and Chamber Orchestras on two superb performances today at the 2019 USD Spring Orchestra Festival!

03/01/2019

The 2019 University of South Dakota Spring Orchestra Festival Final Concert

03/01/2019

We will be live from the Wayne Knutson Theater at 3:10 pm presenting the Final Performance of the 2019 USD Spring Orchestra Festival, featuring 60+ students from the Quad State area.

03/01/2019

The USD Symphony performing at the 2019 University of South Dakota Orchestra Festival

We are enjoying a superb masterclass with Dr. Alla Aranovskaya (St. Petersburg Quartet) and Dr. Boris Vayner (University...
02/28/2019

We are enjoying a superb masterclass with Dr. Alla Aranovskaya (St. Petersburg Quartet) and Dr. Boris Vayner (University of Kansas, featuring USD Symphony Orchestra’s very own Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster Ken Wang and Nicole Santos.

This Friday! March 1: Three FREE ADMISSION Orchestral Concerts at the University of South Dakota!
02/27/2019

This Friday! March 1: Three FREE ADMISSION Orchestral Concerts at the University of South Dakota!

The USD’s Strings/Orchestral Faculty presented an orchestral conducting workshop at the 2019 South Dakota Music Educat...
02/23/2019

The USD’s Strings/Orchestral Faculty presented an orchestral conducting workshop at the 2019 South Dakota Music Educators Association String Symposium. It was an honor to share this morning with all these inspiring and dedicated teachers!

The winners of the 2018/19 University of South Dakota Concerto/Aria Competition Pedro Medeiros, Nicole Santos, Kaitlin P...
02/14/2019

The winners of the 2018/19 University of South Dakota Concerto/Aria Competition Pedro Medeiros, Nicole Santos, Kaitlin Pearson, and Eldon Warner pose with President Shelia K. Gestring after the Gala Concert celebrating the Inauguration of Ms. Gestring as the 18th President of the University of South Dakota USD Department of Music

Bands at the University of South Dakota
02/12/2019

Bands at the University of South Dakota

Join us THIS TUESDAY, February 12, 7:30 pm in Colton Recital Hall. The University of South Dakota Brass Quintet and The South Dakota Chamber Winds in concert. FREE ADMISSION! USD Department of Music We will livestream via the Bands at the University of South Dakota page! Do not miss it!

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo
02/10/2019

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo

The Presidential Inauguration Concert will be conducted by USD´s Director of Orchestras Dr. Luis A. Víquez, and will a...
02/10/2019

The Presidential Inauguration Concert will be conducted by USD´s Director of Orchestras Dr. Luis A. Víquez, and will also feature graduate conductor Krissy Blunck. Krissy is on the final stages of concluding her MM in Orchestral Conducting at USD, and serves as the Principal Bass and Assistant Conductor of the USD Symphony Orchestra. We hope to see you at this amazing concert! February 13 - 7:30 pm - Aalfs Auditorium - FREE!

Meet Pedro, Nicole, Kaitlin and Eldon: The WINNERS of the University of South Dakota Concerto/Aria Competition, to be fe...
02/08/2019

Meet Pedro, Nicole, Kaitlin and Eldon: The WINNERS of the University of South Dakota Concerto/Aria Competition, to be featured as soloists with the USD Symphony Orchestra on February 13! Do not miss it! 7:30 pm - Aalfs Auditorium - FREE!

Wednesday, Feb. 13. 7:30 pm. Do not miss it! FREE ADMISSION
02/07/2019

Wednesday, Feb. 13. 7:30 pm. Do not miss it! FREE ADMISSION

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo
02/07/2019

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo

The College of Fine Arts, and the Deparment of Music at The University of South Dakota proudly present a Gala Concert fe...
02/06/2019

The College of Fine Arts, and the Deparment of Music at The University of South Dakota proudly present a Gala Concert featuring the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Luis A. Víquez. Join us to celebrate the Investiture of President Shelia Gestring as the 18th President of the University of South Dakota this coming Wednesday, February 13th at 7:30 pm in Aalfs Auditorium. FREE ADMISSION
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Dr. Ioana Galu, Prof. Sonja Kraus, and Dr. Luis A. Víquez had a great time today coaching/conducting the very talented ...
02/04/2019

Dr. Ioana Galu, Prof. Sonja Kraus, and Dr. Luis A. Víquez had a great time today coaching/conducting the very talented students of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra! Thanks to Maestra Aviva Segall for hosting us, and for this wonderful collaboration between OAYO and the USD Department of Music.

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo
01/18/2019

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's cover photo

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
01/18/2019

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
01/18/2019

The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Strings scholarships are available for music majors, minors and participants at the University of South Dakota. Undegrad...
01/18/2019

Strings scholarships are available for music majors, minors and participants at the University of South Dakota. Undegraduate auditions are scheduled for Feb. 9 & 15. Join us to perform in superb orchestral ensembles, and to study with internationally-recognized faculty. Benefit from personalized attention and one-on-one mentorship that USD has to offer!

(Students unable to audition in those days can certainly schedule a different audition time, or submit a recorded audition)

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Warren M. Lee Center For Fine Arts
Vermillion, SD
57069

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(605) 677-5274

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