Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply as a pre-formed group?

Yes, your chamber group must have 3-5 members. Please note that each student is responsible for their own application, application fee, and program tuition.

What is the level of the players eligible for the SUMMER ACADEMY?

We recommend that our youngest, elementary school applicants have completed Suzuki Book 4 or its equivalent. These students must be able to demonstrate freedom in skills such as shifting, vibrato, and doublestops. Our Middle and High School students work on repertoire ranging from student concertos to standard repertoire. All students are placed into their Chamber Music group based on age and appropriate level.

Can I attend a partial session?

No, all students must attend the full three-week session.

Can my child TRAVEL ALONE to the Festival?

Yes, arrangements will be made for all On-Campus students to be picked up and dropped off at the Rapid City Airport.  Students should plan their 2020 Summer Academy arrival for Sunday, July 12th and schedule their departure for Sunday, August 2nd. Special travel accommodations may be possible for students in need of non-stop flights operating on Saturday, July 11th and Saturday, August 1st. Please notify the Festival immediately if you will be requiring special travel accommodations.

Parents of younger students should request an airline escort through their airline to assist with travel and/or connecting flights. Please select the airline to view the specific age requirements: Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, & Allegiant Air.

What is the minimum age requirement to attend the Summer Academy?

The minimum age requirement for students attending the Summer Academy is 10 years old; we generally recommended that very young, inexperienced students stay with their parents. However, exceptions can be made for students as young as 10 years old to stay on-campus under counselor supervision.

Travel for Cello Students:

Cellists will have to either buy an extra seat on the flight, check their cello in a flight-safe case (no oversize charge for some airlines), or arrange with the Festival in advance to rent an instrument for the duration of the program.

Travel for Harp Students:

Harpists will be required to either provide their own instrument or share a Festival-provided instrument with other students.