Read Dr. Andre P. Larson’s South Dakota Hall of Fame Visitor and Education Center Biography here.
VERMILLION, S.D. – The National Music Museum is celebrating the life of founding director Dr. André P. Larson who died on March 24 at 74. André Larson not only realized the dream of his father, Arne B. Larson, of establishing a musical-instrument museum on the Great Plains, he took its collections to world-class distinction.
Music was Larson’s birthright and element. Born Nov. 10, 1942 in Littlefork Village, Minn., to music-educator, collector and bandleader Arne B. and wife Jeanne (Kay) Larson, André grew up in Brookings, S.D.
European History. He then began traveling and voraciously studying fine musical-instrument collections at museums like the Smithsonian, the Met, and at Yale University.