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USD Music Department to Host Second Annual Outdoor Music Festival

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Graphic with Music is Alive Festival in bright red letters. There is a fall tree to the side and the Prentis Park gate in the back. The USD Department of Music is hosting the Music is Alive Festival at Prentis Park on Sunday, Oct. 7 p.m., beginning at 2 p.m.
VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Music Department will host the second annual Music is Alive Festival, a free outdoor concert open to the public, at Prentis Park in Vermillion on Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 2 p.m.
“We are excited to share the wonderful efforts of our student musicians both at USD and Vermillion High School with the community,” said David Holdhusen, Ph.D., chair and director of choral activities in the music department. “This event was born last year out of necessity due to COVID-19 and the challenges of music performance for an indoor audience. The overall reception of the community was so great that we felt like we had to continue this event.”
The festival will include nine ensembles from USD and Vermillion High School.
Schedule of Performances:
The event is free to the public, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to move around the park freely between performances. The concerts will be centered around the stage area on the south side of the park. There will be three different locations in that area where performances will take place.
“I think the festival is a wonderful showcase that demonstrates that music is thriving in the entire Vermillion community,” Holdhusen said.
USD’s College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.
Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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