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Music is a fair and glorious gift of God. . . . 
I am strongly persuaded that after theology,
there is no art that can be placed on a level with music.
--Martin Luther

Welcome to the homepage of the Music Department at the University of Sioux Falls! The Music Department serves students of all academic disciplines, with opportunities to major in music or to participate as a non-major in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Performance and participation scholarships are available for interested students.  Want more information? Click here.

New and Noteworthy in the USF Music Department:

Guest Artist Susanne Skyrm in Recital
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm

The University of Sioux Falls Music Department is proud to present Susanne Skyrm, pianist, in a concert of Spanish and Latin American Keyboard Music on Thursday, April 24, at 7 PM, in Meredith Auditorium in the Jeschke Fine Arts Center.  Ms. Skyrm is an award-winning University of South Dakota Distinguished Professor of Music who has traveled throughout the Spanish speaking countries of the world and has studied extensively the music of Spain and the Latin American countries.  The concert is free and open to the public and is followed by a reception.

 chorale_closeup.jpg  Concert Chorale Weekend Tour

The University of Sioux Falls Concert Chorale is hitting the road to perform in high schools and churches in the region.  Be sure to catch these talented singers at one of the following performances:

Friday, April 25
Performances at Central Lyons High School, MOC-Floyd Valley High School, and West Sioux High School

Friday, April 25
7:00 pm -- concert at Central Baptist Church, Sioux City

Saturday, April 26
7:30 pm -- performance as part of the Sacred Arts Series at St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls

Sunday, April 27
8:30 am -- worship at First Presbyterian Chuch, Sioux Falls

4:00 pm -- performance and dinner at First Baptist Church, Sioux Falls


During the past four years, 100 per cent of USF Music department graduates were employed in their major or chosen field within 6 months of graduation.  It's true!

There's Still Time!
Register to Audition for a USF Music

Although the February 17th scholarship audition day has passed, music scholarships are still available at the University of Sioux Falls!  Contact Dave DeHoogh-Kliewer or Jonathan Neiderhiser today to set up an individual scholarship audition.  Financial Aid offers will be mailed out in the beginning of March, so auditioners should make plans ASAP.



This fall, the University of Sioux Falls introduces a new Music Ministry major, combining coursework in the areas of Music, Theology, and Media Studies to equip students for all of the challenges and rewards of using music to minister to their communities, whether within or outside of a formal congregational setting. This major demonstrates all that is best about USF -- interdisciplinary focus, excellence in training, and an emphasis on community service!

Graduates of this program will possess the necessary musical abilities and knowledge of the Word of God to work as ministers of worship and music in local churches, and with supplementary training will be equipped to serve in the pastorate, Christian education, missionary service, campus ministry, media and arts ministry, or institutional chaplaincy.

Scholarship Auditions

To schedule a scholarship audition, fill out a Music Department Questionnaire or contact one of ourfaculty members.

USF Music Handbook is Online!

USF Music students -- you no longer need to search the Music lounge for hard copies of the department handbook.  Click on the "Handbook" link to the left of this page for all of your academic and departmental information needs -- you'll find the hymns and folksongs for piano proficiencies there as well!

Click here to view the USF Music Department Handbook

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Contact the USF Music Department

University of Sioux Falls
Music Department
1101 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105