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School of Fine Arts

Dean: Dr. Alan LaFave


Spafford Hall 316

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2497

Fax: 605-626-2263

E-mail: Laura Haar


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Message from Dean Alan LaFave

Welcome to the Alan LaFaveSchool of Fine Arts at Northern State University!  The School of Fine Arts includes the departments of art, music and theatre.  With over 200 fine arts students, Northern has established itself as the premier institution in the upper Midwest for training, and serves as a cultural leader and clearinghouse for the state and region.


Selecting a university is one of the most important decisions you will make.  I would like to personally invite you to our campus at your earliest convenience.  You would be welcome to observe classes, rehearsals, and applied lessons, and meet with a professor in your major area of interest.  This is one of the best ways to see the outstanding quality of the fine arts programs at Northern.


Our fine arts facilities are outstanding.  Our recently renovated instrumental rehearsal facility places it among the finest university rehearsal spaces in the region.  Our faculty members are highly qualified and dedicated to the success of each student, and our award-winning ensembles are among the best university ensembles in the upper Midwest.   Our graduates have distinguished themselves in performance, teaching, the private sector, and graduate study.


Our students are regularly recognized for outstanding scholarship and achievement in art, music and theatre competitions and venues, including the University Invitational Art Exhibit, Washington Pavilion, Vermont Studio Center Residency, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teacher’s National Association, South Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, South Dakota Bandmaster’s Association, South Dakota Music Educator’s Association, Irene Ryan Competition and the American College Theatre Festival.


All this - combined with the opportunity for international travel, study with award-winning faculty, and collaboration with other gifted performing and visual artists - helps make Northern one of the most exciting and vibrant campuses you will find. 


Please feel free to contact me if I may be of any assistance to you.  I hope you will choose Northern!