Spend a week of musical fun and learning at All-State Music Camp at SDSU. Music students who have completed the seventh grade or above are encouraged to register for this fun week of making music, making friends, and a wide variety of musical learning.
All school musicians who have completed the seventh grade or above may apply for admission. All students must
be recommended by their school music teachers.
Classes at ASMC:
Audition/Contest Preparation, Beginning Band, Careers in Music, Chamber Music/Small Ensembles, Choirs, Computer Technology, Improvisation Class, Piano Camp, Private Lessons, Theory/Composition, Vocal Techniques.
Housing and Meals:
Campers stay in SDSU residence halls under the supervision of competent well-trained counselors. Excellent meals, prepared under the supervision of university dietitians, are served in university dining halls.
Festival Dates: July 1-16, 2018 (2-week program)
Programs Offered: Music Academy (for violin, viola, cello and piano) & Composition Academy (for composers of all levels of experience)
*MARCH 5, 2018 - Student applications due for those requesting priority financial assistance consideration
*APRIL 6, 2018 - All Student Applications Due
On-Campus Program Tuition: $1950
Off-Campus Program Tuition: $1100
Location: Black Hills State University, Spearfish SD
Ability Level: Intermediate/Early Advanced
The Music Academy program offers an intensive solo and chamber
musical experience for young intermediate and early advanced students, as young as 10 years old through college.
Each student receives several weekly private lessons, chamber music coachings, music theory classes, Dalcroze
Eurhythmics classes, and several opportunities to participate in masterclasses held by our faculty. Students
have two hours of mandatory individual practice time as well as student-run group rehearsal time to ensure
the most progress is made throughout the program.
Throughout the two weeks, each student chamber group learns a new work, covering topics such as:
ensemble building skills
interpersonal communication skills
rehearsal and practice techniques
meaningful and successful expression of ideas
understanding the uniqueness of individual parts
leadership within the ensemble
connecting with your audience
All students have the opportunity to showcase their progress in three student performances as well as compete in the RMF Chamber Music Competition, where all parents, friends, and the community are invited to attend or tune in via Facebook Livesteam.
Rushmore Music Festival's Composition Academy is an intensive two-week program intended for students
ages 13 and up who have an interest in music composition. Held at an inspiring location in the heart of
the Badlands of South Dakota, students will experience a learning environment that will encourage them
to develop and reinforce their own sense of musical fulfillment and expression. The program is directed
by Dr. Symeon Waseen, Associate Professor of Music at Black Hills State University.
Composers of all experiences and backgrounds are welcome to apply; however, some experience in music and a strong grasp of fundamentals is highly encouraged. For two weeks, attendees will receive daily feedback on a compositional project culminating in a performance and recording by Rushmore Music Festival faculty and students in Meier Recital Hall. While working on this project, students will be encouraged to use their own unique backgrounds and strengths while also experimenting with new and unfamiliar modes of musical expression. In addition, students will take part in theory courses and a survey of seminal 20th century music to familiarize themselves with a diverse array of compositional techniques and expand their compositional vocabulary.
Summer Music Camp is a six day experience of learning and music-making open to students who have completed grades 5-12. Activities include vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as a variety of other musical activities. Opportunities for private lessons in a specific instrument or voice are also available (all band and orchestra instruments and piano). The piano area of camp at the intermediate level or higher includes masterclasses and seminars on piano repertoire, technique, skills and more.
Please see the web page link for information concerning costs and facilities and to apply. Early bird registration deadline is June 26.
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