Live Recordings from 2016 Season

recorded by South Dakota Public Broadcasting


News/Press Coverage


*2016 coverage coming soon!* 

"The group has continued their music education program, with students aged 7 to 18 studying under them at Black Hills State University, offering full scholarship to students" -- Rapid City Journal, June 28, 2016 | See full article here 


“The Rushmore Music Festival is only in its first year, but its ambitious mission to give classical music an intimate feel is already brewing excitement.” -- Rapid City Journal, June 4, 2015 | See full cover story here


“Katie Smirnova and Brett Walfish are co-founders of the first-year festival, a project of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation. Though they often hear comments from people amazed by observing young musicians, they advocate that it’s never too early to start.” -- Black Hills Pioneer, June 5, 2015 | See full article here


“‘It was wonderful that Katie and Brett were able to instantly recognize my child’s musical strengths while judiciously working to improve their weaknesses in just 15 minutes,’ said Marci Heine parent of three string students ages 7, 9, and 10. ‘My three girls all benefitted from having such accomplished musicians work with them.’” -- Black Hills Pioneer, November 28, 2014 | See full article here

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