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"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



Summer Academy
June 29 - July 21, 2019

The Summer Academy is a rigorous 3-week program with a structured environment for students ages 12 through college studying violin, viola, cello, piano, and composition* at intermediate-advanced levels.

Dalcroze for Adults
July 8-11, 2019

The Dalcroze Method: Observation Practicum

For a deeper understanding of the Dalcroze methodology and how to incorporate its principles into your classroom, this observation course follows 2 classes of Summer Academy students over four days as they hone their newly-learned skills in Eurhythmics, Solfège, and Improvisation.

Dalroze: Eurhythmics, Solfege, Improvisation (Beginner/Intermediate)

This class explores the three core subjects of Dalcroze: Eurhythmics, the study of rhythm; Solfège, ear training and musical literacy; and Improvisation, spontaneous musical expression at the piano. This course is intended for beginning and intermediate Dalcroze adult students.

Faculty Chamber Music Concert series

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July 6 - 21, 2019

Each summer, the internationally acclaimed Faculty Artists of the Rushmore Music Festival who mentor the talented students in the Summer Academy, present a professional chamber music concert series in Rapid City and Spearfish. This summer, there will be THREE different programs, "Time for Two”, “Colors // Textures”, and “Epic Journeys”, each to be performed once in Spearfish and once in Rapid City.


First presbyterian church

Experience the Rushmore Music Festival's Faculty Concert Series performances in the beautiful Downtown Rapid City.


Meier Hall at Black Hills State University

An exquisite hall for chamber music performances, the Faculty Concert Series presents three concerts at the Black Hills State University's Meier Hall in Spearfish.


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