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The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast is comprised of the Department of Art, Department of Music and the Department of Theatre & Dance and students in these disciplines receive their training at River Campus. Students may elect programs of study that lead to either a professional degree or a liberal arts degree.  And to keep up with growing demand, River Campus is undergoing new construction of instructional spaces that include an on-site Residence Hall opening Fall 2014.  Bringing all the visual and performing arts together in one location offers unique opportunities for students to experience innovative degree programs and to work with other artists and performers on a daily basis.

Percussion Camp

June11-14 at the River Campus

The River Campus summer percussion camp features private lessons, master classes and clinics for students in grades 7-12 in the areas of snare drum, mallet percussion, steel pan, timpani, drum set, accessory percussion, and percussion ensemble. Students must be able to read music and have some percussion background to participate. Find out more at

Vocal Arts Boot Camp

June 16-21 at the River Campus

The River Campus summer vocal arts camp includes private lessons, small groups and master class instruction for singers in grades 7-12 designed to improve vocal tone, breath support, projection, stamina, flexibility, artistic expression, singers diction, audition techniques, sight movement, and interpretation. Students should have some choral or solo study experience before participating. Find out more at


June 19- 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre

June 22 at 2 p.m. at Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre

June 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. at Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre

June 29 at 2 p.m. at Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre

Nunsense is the story of the Little Sisters of Hoboken who discover that their cook, Sister Julia, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, leaving a dire need for burial funds. The sisters decide the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. The hilarious cast includes students and faculty of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, featuring Judith Farris as Mother Regina, a former circus performer. Tickets are $20. For more information call (573) 651-2265

Summer Arts Festival

June 21 at 10 a.m. at the River Campus

This summer festival features live performances, art displays, music and activities. The event is free and open to the public.

Chamber Music Institute

July 14-19 at the River Campus

The 2014 Southeast Missouri Chamber Institute will provide an opportunity for young musicians ages 12 and older to learn from master teachers, perform chamber music with peers and grow in their love of music. The camp includes private lessons, master classes, intensive chamber music coaching, musicianship classes, chamber orchestra, a student recital and a faculty recital. Find out more at

Youth Programs at River Campus!

Summer Camps

Summer at Southeast offers a wide variety of academic and special interest opportunities to area youth ranging in age from pre-school to college through one day, multi-day and overnight summer programs and camps. Each program or camp is designed to highlight a particular field of study or skill and to encourage everyone to explore their potential. See what excitement awaits your theatrical, musical or artsy student!

Spring Workshops

New this spring, we launched workshops geared to elementary and middle school students allowing them artistic learning opportunities. The first session offered students the chance to learn new performance skills in conjunction with Southeast’s production of Peter Pan. And thanks to such a large response, we were excited to offer two more chances for students to learn theatre performance skills along with storytelling, self-expression and teamwork. We had such a good time we are planning additional class offerings next spring, so keep watching!


  • Regents Approve High Priority Renovations for Show Me Center

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 26, 2014 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a list of high priority major capital renovation projects to be completed over the next two to three years to upgrade the Show Me Center to modern arena standards. The list of projects, totaling $9.49 million, include infrastructure […]
  • River Campus Board of Managers Meeting Planned June 27

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 24, 2014 –The River Campus Board of Managers is scheduled to meet at noon on Friday, June 27, in Conference Room 305 of the Seminary Building at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. City representatives on the Board are Ruth Knote, Dennis Vollink and Jerry Ford.  University representatives are Rhonda Weller-Stilson, […]
  • Southeast Chamber Music Institute Announces Two Free Public Recitals

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 24, 2014 — The Southeast Chamber Music Institute at Southeast Missouri State University announces its third annual chamber music recitals, to be presented at the River Campus on July 14 and 19. The concerts are free and open to the public. On Monday, July 14, Chamber Institute faculty will present a […]
  • Southeast Theatre and Dance Students Debut on NYC Stage

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 10, 2014 – Ten theatre and dance students at Southeast Missouri State University recently performed in New York City before agents, casting directors, industry professionals, alumni and friends of the University. The New York City Showcase was held in Shetler Studio Theatre. The students were selected to advance to the showcase […]