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Our Mission:

Enrich. Empower.

OUR STORY — Learn more about what the Rushmore Music Festival offers our students at the Summer Academy and the music communities around the country.


Summer Academy

The Summer Academy at the Rushmore Music Festival is an intensive 3-week program that takes place in the heart of the Black Hills at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Summer Academy is a Solo & Chamber Music pipeline program, intended for students at the early advanced-advanced levels. With a strong focus on individual technical mastery and artistic growth rooted in communication, the Summer Academy fosters a truly unique, immersive musical environment.

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Our Impact

After attending the Summer Academy, our students have gone on to college to continue their study in music, but also engineering, science, and other fields at prestigious universities such as Harvard and Brown. Some have received full scholarships at music institutions and others made a choice to keep music in their lives by forming their own chamber groups while pursuing other dreams. What is truly special about the Rushmore Music Festival is its ability to forge lasting friendships and communities through the shared experience of extreme work ethic, the highest standard of excellence, and artistic passion.

Read what our students are saying: Student Voicebox




Rushmore Music Festival was founded in 2015 as a non-profit organization that combined a Solo & Chamber Music Festival for students, the Summer Academy, and a Faculty Concert Series.



awarded in scholarships

We understand that opportunities to work with world-class faculty and reside on a University campus for 3 weeks has its cost. We work to fundraise scholarship dollars so that every deserving student can attend our programs.




Through the intensive Summer Academy program and year-round outreach by our dedicated faculty, we have worked with students from all over the nation through masterclasses and performances.


"Rushmore Music Festival is one of the very few, and certainly the best, program like this available to young musicians."

Philip Setzer|Emerson String Quartet


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