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Faculty Chamber Music & 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:

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 Winner 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.

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

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

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!


2019 Student Concerts

Aside from weekly performance classes, all Summer Academy students have at least four concert opportunities throughout the Festival to perform solo and chamber music repertoire. 

-More Coming Soon!-


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

Spearfish, SD

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 2PM and will be open to the public.


Westhills Village Student Concert

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

Tuesday, July 16th @ 7PM
Westhills Village Senior Retirement Community
255 Texas St, Rapid City, SD 57701


Leone's Creamery Outdoor Student Concert

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
Leone's Creamery

722 N Main St, Spearfish, SD 57783

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