After attending the Summer Academy, our students have gone on to college to continue their study in music, but also engineering, science, and other fields at prestigious universities such as Harvard and Brown. Some have received full scholarships at music institutions and others made a choice to keep music in their lives by forming their own chamber groups while pursuing other dreams. What is truly special about the Rushmore Music Festival is its ability to forge lasting friendships and communities through the shared experience of extreme work ethic, the highest standard of excellence, and artistic passion.
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Rushmore Music Festival was founded in 2015 as a non-profit organization that combined a Solo & Chamber Music Festival for students, the Summer Academy, and a Faculty Concert Series.
awarded in scholarships
We understand that opportunities to work with world-class faculty and reside on a University campus for 3 weeks has its cost. We work to fundraise scholarship dollars so that every deserving student can attend our programs.
Through the intensive Summer Academy program and year-round outreach by our dedicated faculty, we have worked with students from all over the nation through masterclasses and performances.