We promote ...

The importance of the performing and visual arts as central to a well-rounded liberal arts education.

The Augustana Choir and the Augustana Orchestra performs The First Noël at Augustana's Christmas Vespers 2011.

Evidence:
Augustana offers a full program in the performing and visual arts. With broad offerings in music, theater and visual art, Augustana is “at the heart of the arts in the Sioux Empire” and delivers an unusually high quality of cultural opportunities for students and citizens alike. The College’s collaborative relationship with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra through the Augustana Faculty String Quartet, and its strong support for the arts community in Sioux Falls, are tangible expressions of the College’s desire to be “at the center of all things cultural” in this region.

"The future of America is dependent on the creativity of its people. This is the foundation that the arts give our young people: creative insights, innovative expression, discipline, team-building and problem solving skills—all characteristics of students involved in music, theater and art at Augustana College. With high standards of excellence in its programs, Augustana offers those opportunities to every student on campus."

Janet Brown, Executive Director
Grantmakers in the Arts
Seattle, WA

Nearly 25% of the student body participates in music, theater or visual arts. All students—majors and non-majors—are encouraged to continue their arts experiences from high school to college in an environment that broadens their artistic skills and helps to development them for a lifetime.

There are unlimited opportunities for students to perform challenging choral and instrumental repertoire and to hone their artistic skills in the visual arts. Augustana is not a competitive music conservatory and, therefore, offers a balanced approach to participation. The College tangibly recognizes talent through auditioned scholarships in music, theatre and visual art and acknowledges the important role this plays in providing cultural opportunities to the campus and greater Sioux Falls community.

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