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A series of music and dance performances will be featured February through May marking the anniversary.

Music and Dance Turns 75

A series of special performances are planned to honor the School of Music and Dance's past and embrace its future.

San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012 and will offer a number of performances throughout the spring designed to honor alumni and showcase student talent.

A special performance by SDSU’s Opera Theater students of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is the first in a series of 11 events planned to pay tribute to one of the most enduring programs in SDSU history.

School's history

When the college was founded in 1898, a music professor was one of the first seven educators hired.

By the 1930s, the program had evolved to offer a bachelor of arts in music, and 1993, the dance division joined the Department of Music to form the school as it stands today.

"We are very proud of the history of this program, and its evolution and impact on the community over the last 75 years,” said Donna Conaty, director of the School of Music and Dance.

“The 75th Anniversary events enable us to look back and honor the legacy of the school, as well as to shine a light on the work of the students for the community. Many people don’t know that our students and graduates play a key role in arts leadership in our community — as teachers, performers and arts educators.”

Lasting success

In the last 75 years, the School of Music and Dance has graduated hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the arts. The impact of these graduates is evident in the community; approximately 65 percent of music education programs in our county are led by alums.

Further, the school maintains active ties with numerous arts organizations that provide professional experiences, support and performance opportunities for its students including:

  • Mainly Mozart
  • San Diego Symphony
  • San Diego Opera
  • La Jolla Music Society

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The SDSU School of Music and Dance is just one example of how the university engages the San Diego region, a key initiative of The Campaign for SDSU. Whether it’s supporting programs that contribute directly to San Diego's growth or building academic programs to prepare for the region’s future, SDSU is an important community partner. Learn more about SDSU’s community engagement and how you can contribute.

Celebrating 75 years

A series of music and dance performances will be featured February through May, including the SDSU Wind Symphony performance of the world premiere by three-time GRAMMY® Award Winner Michael Daugherty and the Partch Ensemble from Los Angeles. The series will close with combined choirs, orchestra and alumni performers in a presentation of Carl Orff’s "Carmina Burana" on May 8.

All 75th Anniversary events are open to the public, and many are free to attend. To learn more about the events, please visit the school’s website at

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