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Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center




The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center completed its nearly 100,000 square foot expansion in 2019. Named after Bertha and Oscar Larson for their premier investment on the original Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2003.

The updated and expanded state-of-the-art facility includes a new proscenium theater, dance studio, Fishback Studio Theatre, Founders Recital Hall, Larson Memorial Concert Hall, and Roberts Reception Hall. This facility is a magnificent location for events, lectures, concerts and more, available to the campus and local community. The facility also includes classroom space, ample exhibitor booth space, a private Green Room, two dressing rooms with private bathrooms, make-up rooms and a rehearsal space with a pull-away wall. In addition, the changes offer more rooms for mixed use and a conference room.

Fun Facts:

  • The pine blocks used in the Founders Recital Hall is from the Black Hills of South Dakota. In addition, the paint color is named Badlands, while the silver and zinc metal pipes and accents is a nod to the mining heritage. The patchwork floor is meant to resemble the view of crops from an aerial perspective. 
  • The granite used throughout the new expansion is from Milbank, South Dakota.

Our Mission

The staff of The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center will strive to produce and help others to produce great concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, banquets, recordings and special events for our campus, community, and region while supporting the development of programs and groups dedicated to educating, entertaining and serving all lovers of Performing Arts.


Larson Memorial Concert Hall | The Larson Memorial Concert Hall serves as a beautiful acoustic dream for concerts and events.

  •     Soundproof walls
  •     Tunable reverberation chambers
  •     Flexible audio system for recording, acoustical clouds, and reinforcement
  •     Projection system for multi-media needs
  •     Seats 1,000

Fishback Studio Theatre | The Fishback Studio Theatre is where great stage theatre happens, as well as creating future theatre actors.

  •     Re-configurable lighting
  •     Digital sound
  •     Multi seating configurations
  •     Projection system for multi-media needs
  •     Seats 180

Roberts Reception Hall | The Roberts Reception Hall is an ideal space for banquets and other programs.

  •     Built-in PA system
  •     Slate tile floor
  •     Up to 200 people seated or 500 standing

Founders Recital Hall | The music dreams are made of are created in this South Dakota style recital hall.

  •    Acoustic panels made from Black Hills pine
  •    2,848-pipe Reuterorgan from Colorado
  •    Balcony seating
  •    Seats 225

Contact Details

Contact: Jay Vanduch
Email: jay.vanduch@sdstate.edu
Phone: 605.688.6034

Location Information

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
1601 University Boulevard
Brookings, SD 57007