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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 Percussion Ensemble, Cape Parks and Rec Hosting Community ‘Drum Circle’

    Southeast Missouri State University’s Percussion Ensemble in collaboration with the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation are hosting three evenings of community drumming, a unique hands-on event for the whole family. “Drum Circle” will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 4, 11 and 18 in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center, Room […]
  • Bequest to Establish Two New Southeast Endowed Scholarships

    A $120,000 bequest from the estate of the late Dr. F. Gregory Dickey has paved the way for the establishment of two new endowed scholarships through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. The two new scholarships, each funded at $30,000, are the Tom Doherty Endowed Scholarship and the J.C. Brandt Endowed Scholarship. Both will be awarded […]
  • Southeast Fine Arts Student Explores New York Art Scene

    Southeast Missouri State University student Marqusha Oliver traveled to New York City this summer to intern in one of the city’s finest and most highly respected art galleries. Oliver interned at Viridian Artists Inc., an artist-owned, professionally operated gallery, located in New York City in the Chelsea region of Manhattan. The gallery is one of […]
  • Open Auditions Aug. 21 for ‘La Périchole’

    Open auditions for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music production of Jacque Offenbach’s opera “La Périchole” will be held Aug. 21. Auditions are open to all Southeast students and members of the community 16 and older, and will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at […]


River Campus
One University Plaza, MS 7895
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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