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Become a friend of the South Dakota Symphony by donating today.

Your tax-deductible gift is critical for continuing orchestra concerts, music education programs and impactful community building programs.


You can make a substantial impact to the SDSO through Annual Giving. In addition to orchestral performances, a sample of the education and community building programs your donation supports include:

  • The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra is an elite music education program comprised of four student orchestras, ranging from a string orchestra for beginning students to a symphonic orchestra for advanced players. These orchestras provide an inspiring group setting that gives young musicians the tools and training to pursue artistic passions, develop musical talents, and build leadership skills. Performances are scheduled at major venues throughout each season, giving students multiple opportunities to showcase their musical talents.
  • Music as Medicine – The mission of the Music as Medicine program is to use music to create a positive impact on patient healing; to assist the South Dakota regional healthcare systems in creating a constructive environment in which to heal; and to allow the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra to have a consistent presence in the healthcare systems of Sioux Falls and serve as a resource to its community.
  • Classroom Connections – Members of the Dakota String Quartet and Dakota Wind Quintet visit classrooms across the region to present 30-45 minute age-appropriate programs. These programs are interactive and are tailored to suit all age groups from Kindergarten through High School. The elementary aged students are introduced to the instruments, learn basic musical concepts, and listen to short musical excerpts performed by the ensembles. Middle School and High School students have the opportunity for instrument coaching, sectional work, or higher level performances by the ensemble members.
  • Young People’s Concerts- Young People’s Concerts are designed for schools, homeschools, and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. Music Director Delta David Gier guides students through the music using narration, dance, and word pictures. Concerts are held in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion.

We look forward to our continued work together as we develop engaging programs that serve our unique community. Thank you for making the choice to continue supporting your South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.