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Our Beginning

Founded in 2015 by Dr. Katie Smirnova and Brett Walfish, the Rushmore Music Festival takes place each summer in Spearfish, South Dakota at Black Hills State University

The Rushmore Music Festival is a non-profit, presenting organization that brings together internationally acclaimed faculty artists for a two-week intensive solo & chamber music festival for students ages 10 through college. Students studying violin, viola, cello, or piano can apply to study at the Music Academy, while young composers are welcome to join the Composition Academy.

Faculty Artists perform in Rushmore Music Festival's chamber music concert series, which presents audience-engaging concerts around the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Rushmore Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

The Rushmore Music Festival does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation, in any of its activities or operations.