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Education & Community

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra answers the question of relevance to its unique demographics through award-winning education and community engagement programs which are core to its mission and commitment to service. These programs are developed through a unique culture of innovation, which embraces a spirit of collaboration, utilizes the unique strengths of our community, and creates an environment ripe for experimentation. As it creates its programs, the SDSO continually asks this this critical question: “How do we use music to make our community better?”

Goals of the SDSO Education Programs

  • Provide high quality music education programs throughout South Dakota and the region that make students active participants in their own learning
  • Assist teachers in reinforcing music curriculum standards in the classroom
  • Develop musically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of music participation
  • To increase understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society
  • Create sustainable and long-term relationships with community members and partner organizations

Statement of Common Cause: Orchestras Support In-School Music Education

SDSO Education Programs are sponsored by:

Bush Foundation
New Music USA
South Dakota Arts Council
First PREMIER Bank/ PREMIER Bankcard
Gilchrist Foundation
Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Sheldon F Reese Foundation
Jerstad Family Foundation
Xcel Energy
SDSO League
RBC Wealth Management
Wells Fargo
South Dakota Humanities Council