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Students from Seven States Attend Summer Music Camp

Image Summer Music Camp Students perform during the 2016 USD Summer Music Camp.

VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of South Dakota Department of Music recently hosted 205 middle and high school students at the 65th annual USD Summer Music Camp.

Students from seven different states assembled on campus to immerse themselves in music for the week of July 10-15. In addition to daily rehearsals in large ensembles like band, choir, and orchestra, students attending the camp had the opportunity to participate in more than 20 additional ensembles and music classes, five different concerts, and the camp generated more than 100 hours of individual private lessons. The staff of nearly 60 worked with the students during the week to enhance their music skills and foster their passion for the art.

The 66th annual USD Summer Music Camp is scheduled for July 9-14, 2017. Registration is open to students who have completed 5th through 12th grades.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News