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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 and Community Engagement Programs are sponsored by:

First PREMIER Bank/ PREMIER Bankcard
Gilchrist Foundation
Jerstad Family Foundation
Journey Group
National Endowment for the Arts
RBC Wealth Management
Sanford Health
Sheldon F. Reese Foundation
Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
South Dakota Arts Council
SDSO League
Xcel Energy