Three student concerts will be held throughout the program, where prepared solo and chamber music works may be performed. Accompanists will be provided by the Festival for select lessons and performances. Student chamber groups may also compete in the Chamber Music Competition for several special awards.
All students will attend faculty festival performances held weekly at the University. Students will have access to outdoor recreation facilities on campus. On weekends and in the evenings, students will have a chance to sign up for field trips (free of charge) to attractions such as Mount Rushmore, the Jewel Cave, Spearfish Rec. Center and Waterpark, Downtown Spearfish, and hiking in the Spearfish Canyon.
Housing & Meals
All On-campus students will stay under full counselor supervision at Black Hills State University's Bordeaux residence hall. These state-of-the-art accommodations feature fully air-conditioned, suite-style living* quarters, with a small kitchen and laundry access.
All students will be provided with a meal plan, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the University dining room.
*Suite-style refers to a double occupancy room sharing a bathroom with an adjoining double occupancy room. Suites and living floors will be separated according to students' gender and age.
Commuter Students must stay with a parent/guardian and provide their own meals. Please note that although there are no classes held on the weekends, you are required to attend faculty concerts held at the University as well as any rehearsals scheduled by your chamber group.
As a Commuter Student, you have the option to purchase a Lunch Meal Plan option (Mon-Fri) for an additional fee of $100.
Sample Daily Schedule
9-11AM Discussions on selected topics/Presentations
11-12AM Theory/Ear Training Class/Dalcroze Eurhythmics
1-2PM- 1 hr Private Lesson
2:00-5:30PM Rehearsals with other students and faculty (as able) on selected works**
7-10PM- Free Time
9-11AM Individual Practice (10 min break/hour)
11-12AM Theory/Ear-Training Class/Dalcroze Eurhythmics
1-2PM 1hr Private Lesson
2-3:30PM Free Time for Chamber Group Rehearsals
3:30-4:30PM 1hr Chamber Music Coaching
5-6PM Technique Class/Masterclass**
7-10PM Free Time
**Last class for Commuter Students