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 the younger, middle 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 High School and College 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 attending 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 arrival for Sunday, June 30th and schedule their departure for Sunday, July 21st 2019. Special travel accommodations may be possible for Saturday, June 29th, Saturday, July 20th or Monday, July 22nd. Please notify the Festival at the earliest convenience 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 12 years old. Exceptions may be made for students as young as 10 years old. The minimum age requirement for students studying Composition is 13 years old.

What is the INSTRUMENT travel situation for cellists?

Cellists will have to either buy an extra seat on the flight, check the cello in a flight-safe case, or arrange with the Festival in advance to rent an instrument for the duration of the program from a local music shop for an additional fee (~$50). Please note that cello rentals are generally suitable for intermediate level only.