JULY 1 - 16, 2018

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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. The program is directed by Dr. Symeon Waseen, an associate professor of music at the Black Hills State University.

Although some prior composition experience is necessary, this program is intended for both beginning and advanced composers. Composition Academy students will learn about important topics for composers in the modern day:

  • how to begin a new work
  • collaborate and rehearse with an ensemble
  • engraving/notation in music

Each student will receive private lessons, engraving/notation classes, and various discussions on current issues in composition. There will be open time every afternoon for rehearsal with fellow students and faculty members on their works — composed before and during the program.

Throughout the two weeks, students will be actively listening and thinking about current music across the world. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their work during the festival with performances at Black Hills State University's Meier Hall (which will be recorded for the students), where all parents, friends, and the community are invited to attend.

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  • Two examples of your composition (sheet music in .pdf format + audio/video recording, midi accepted)
  • Completed application 
  • Completed financial aid/merit scholarship application (if requesting financial assistance)
  • $50 registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Scholarship Deadline: March 5th, 2018
  • Application Deadline: April 6th, 2018
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  • 2 weekly hour-long private lessons (4 total)
  • 4 weekly hour-long music theory/ear-training classes (8 total)
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes (4 total)
  • Computer Notation/Engraving classes
  • Workshop a composition with RMF Faculty & receive a recording
  • Collaborate with Music Academy students on your new composition
  • Premiere your new composition with Music Academy students in Meier Hall & receive a recording

Who can benefit from attending this program?

  • High school students looking to apply for Undergraduate programs in Composition
  • College students looking to gain experience working with chamber groups as well as be in an immersive composition environment
  • Young high school students who may not have had much experience or training in composition, but have shown interest in writing their own music and would love the opportunity to learn more and receive guidance in the early stages

Can I get in touch with the program director to assist me in this application?

Yes, please visit BHSU website to get in touch with Dr. Waseen