Arts & Entertainment

NSU theatre professor gets creative with online directing classes

Empty JFAC theater

ABERDEEN, S.D. – With the recent events concerning COVID-19 and social distancing, professors all over the nation have been teaching their previously in-person classes exclusively online. With this sudden migration, however, some classes have proven more challenging to adapt to an online format than others. In particular, many professors who teach courses based in the arts have had to get especially creative.

CANCELED: Reception for JFAC Gallery exhibit set for March 19

Watercolor landscape painting by JFAC artist

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – “The Great Places Series” by artist Laura Jewell will be on display in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery through April 24.

A reception is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the JFAC Gallery.

“The Great Places Series” captures the landscapes of South Dakota's state parks in watercolor. Jewell received a South Dakota Arts Council grant to complete this body of work, during which she visited each state park.

CANCELED: ​10th annual NSU Bach’s Lunch set for March 18

Choir singing at a church

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Chamber Singers will present the 10th annual Bach’s Lunch, honoring the 335rd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, on Wednesday, March 18.

The performance – the longest-running Bach concert series in the state – will begin at noon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1620 Milwaukee Ave. S.E. Bach’s Lunch will feature the NSU Chamber Singers, under the direction of NSU Director of Choral Activities Dr. Timothy Woods.

CANCELED: NSU to present ‘March Into Jazz’ Concert

Female student playing in a band

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Spring Jazz Concert, “March into Jazz,” will take place on Thursday, March 19, on the NSU campus.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theatre. The event will feature performances by the 2 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Grant Manhart; the 1 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Terry Beckler; and the NSU Jazz Trio and Jazz Combo, both directed by Mr. Fritz Hemke.

CANCELED: AUCS to present “Wizard of Oz”

"Wizard of Oz" Ad

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony will present “The Wizard of Oz” on April 25 at 7:30PM and April 26 at 3PM in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater.

The performance will feature the original music of Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart. The classic compositions will be performed live by the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony, directed by Christopher Stanichar, with the re-mastered film projected on the big screen alongside the AUCS performance.

AUCS presents ‘Unfinished Business’ Feb. 29 at NSU

Conductor directing the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony on stage

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Stanichar, will continue the celebration of its 100th season with its next concert, “Unfinished Business.”

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in the Northern State University Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Jewett Theater. A pre-concert conversation is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. in the JFAC Berggren Recital Hall.

NSU School of Fine Arts to hold “She Loves”

"She Loves" to present on Feb 20 at 7:30 in Krikac Auditorium.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The NSU School of Fine Arts presents Darci Bultema, soprano and Audrey Miller, clarinet in recital on Feb 20 at 7:30pm in the Krikac Auditorium on the NSU campus. 

The program features a premiere of the work “She Loves” by NSU music professor and Aberdeen University Civic Symphony conductor Christopher Stanichar. “She Loves” is a group of five songs based on poetry by poets Sara Teasdale, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 

NSU announces 2019-20 Fine Arts Scholarships

Band members performing in JFAC

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., announces its fine arts scholarship recipients for the 2019-20 academic year.

Scholarship amounts for NSU School of Fine Arts students – including art, music, and theater – totaled more than $125,000.

Recipients are listed below by scholarship. Hometowns are listed behind the students’ names.


Aberdeen Rotary Club Scholarship

  • Tanner Pietz- Aberdeen, S.D.


Adele and Harley Taylor Scholarship Endowment


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