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[2020 Faculty Concert Series information coming this Winter]


Faculty & Student Concerts

Rushmore Music Festival presents three weeks of chamber music performances, both by faculty and students. Tickets may be purchased through our website, at the door, or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Please select your preferred events below or click HERE for our Community Series.

[2020 Faculty Concert Series Information coming this Winter]

faculty Concert Series

2019 Season - Fifth Anniversary

Each summer, the internationally acclaimed Faculty Artists of the Rushmore Music Festival who mentor the talented students at the 3-week Summer Academy, present a professional concert series in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This summer, the Festival will present THREE unique programs, "Sonata in Time”, “Colors // Textures”, and “Czech Tales”, each to be performed once at BHSU’s Meier Hall in Spearfish and once at the First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City for three consecutive weekends.

"Sonata in Time”— (July 6 & 7) The first program will highlight an eclectic selection of duo repertoire that represents the progression of the “Sonata” form from the Baroque period to the Romantic period.

Programmed works include: Handel Sonata for Two Cellos in C Major, Beethoven Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor, Op.23, and Brahms Cello Sonata No.2, Op.99.

“Colors // Textures”— (July 13 & 14) The second program will represent the endless variety of textures and colors, all juxtaposed into one unforgettable evening! This program will feature Grammy-winning bandoneonist Hector del Curto performing a variety of concert tango repertoire, a World Premiere by RMF Composer-in-Residence Symeon Waseen, and a side-by-side performance of a Summer Academy student Avagail Hulbert with the RMF Faculty.

Programmed works include: Beethoven String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18, Waseen Piano Trio, Cassadó “Requiebros” for Cello and Piano, and various selections by Piazzolla and del Curto.

“Czech Tales” — (July 20 & 21) The final program will feature a cello-centric, luscious selection of 19th and 20th century chamber music by Czech composers, concluding the season with one of the most beloved works of all chamber music repertoire.

Programmed works include: Janáček “Pohádka” for Cello and Piano, Martinů Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2, H. 286 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81.

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Sonata in Time

- Two Performances -

Saturday July 6 @ 3PM
BHSU Meier Hall

Sunday July 7 @ 3PM
First Presbyterian Church
Rapid City

Works by Handel, Beethoven & Brahms

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Colors // Textures

- Two Performances -

Saturday July 13 @ 3PM
BHSU Meier Hall

Sunday July 14 @ 3PM
First Presbyterian Church
Rapid City

Works by Beethoven, Waseen, Cassadó & Piazzolla

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Czech Tales

- Two Performances -

Saturday July 20 @ 3PM
BHSU Meier Hall

Sunday July 21 @ 3PM
First Presbyterian Church
Rapid City

Works by Martinů, Janáček & Dvořák

Join us with your family and friends for three breathtaking programs of classical masterpieces! Children of all ages welcome!


[2020 Student Concert Series Information coming this Winter]

Student Concert Series

All Summer Academy students have at least four concert opportunities throughout the Festival where they perform solo and chamber music repertoire in various community venues as well as Meier Hall at Black Hills State University.

All student performances are general admission and free to the public!



A selected number of top students, many of whom attend the Festival on scholarship, will perform on-campus at the Meier Hall at Black Hills State University. All finalists of the Chamber Music Competition will compete in the final round for a Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award. Composition Academy students premiere their work by a student ensemble.

The concert will conclude with a side-by-side performance of all students and faculty.

Friday, July 19th @ 7PM
BHSU Meier Hall
1200 University St.

Spearfish, SD 57783

The first round of the Rushmore Music Festival’s annual Student Chamber Music Competition will take place in Meier Hall on Wednesday, July 17th at 7PM.


Westhills Village

An off-campus concert, students perform solo and chamber music selections for the senior residents at the Courtyard at Westhills Village in Rapid City.

Tuesday, July 16th @ 7PM
255 Texas St., Rapid City, SD 57701


Leone's Creamery

The most informal of all student concerts, this off-campus concert takes place outdoors at the Leone's Creamery in downtown Spearfish. Students are welcome to perform more newly learned solo & chamber music works. 

Thursday, July 11th @ 7PM
722 N Main St., Spearfish, SD 57783


UMC Children First

An off-campus concert held at the United Methodist Church, students perform solo and chamber music selections for the young children of the Children First center.

Wednesday, July 10th @ 3:30PM
236 W Jackson Blvd., Spearfish, SD 57783

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