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River Campus is home to the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts a world-class entertainment venue for student and touring performances.  The River Campus is the only campus dedicated solely to art, dance, music and theatre in Missouri. Unlike many universities that house these disciplines in facilities across campus, Southeast provides a unique opportunity for artists of all talents to spend time and work together on a daily basis and in the same space.

The River Campus opened in 2007 and houses the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre and the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall as well as the historic Seminary Building.  In Fall 2014, in order to meet growing demand, the Kenneth & Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center opened.  In this new residence hall, talented people eat, sleep and work together; whether it’s perfecting an instrumental performance in one of the practice rooms, finishing a masterpiece, or working out in the fitness center, there is never a chance of being bored. As you can see, River Campus is a vibrant community of gifted artists, musicians, actors, performers and dancers. Combine that with international touring groups and guest speakers and you find there are unlimited opportunities for anyone interested in the arts. Join us for a free concert, exhibition, workshop, academies, performing arts production or a summer festival. You can never tell what we will do next

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River Campus News

  • Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir, Choral Union to Present Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

    The Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union will combine to present Antonio Vivaldi’s festive “Gloria,” a celebrated work for orchestra and choir, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Also on the program will be “Winter” from Vivaldi’s […]
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ Hits Bedell Stage Nov. 29

    “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” will have audiences rocking and rolling as part of Southeast Missouri State University 2017-2018 Bank of Missouri Touring Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. “It’s really great to be able to bring this national touring show to Cape Girardeau,” […]
  • Eighth Annual Fault Line Film Festival Showcases Regional Student Talent

    Southeast Missouri State University students, regional high school students and students from across Missouri and surrounding states will display their cinematic talents and skills in this year’s Fault Line Film Festival at Southeast Missouri State University. The festival begins with a keynote address at noon on Nov. 8 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall […]
  • Graduating BFA Students’ Artwork Presented in Four Exhibitions

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Art Gallery will display work from students in Department of Art will be displayed in the 2017 Graduating Seniors Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibitions Nov. 13- Dec. 15. The first exhibition runs Nov. 13-17 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17. The next exhibition will be on […]


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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