Fine Arts Clinics, Camps and Workshops

We offer annual music education and entertainment opportunities for the region, including NSU Instrument Day, South Dakota Jazz Festival and Summer Arts Education Institute.
High School Art Workshop and Exhibition

NSU art department High School Workshop Day

Oct. 30, 2018

NSU Campus



Talented area high school art students visit campus and take part in workshops presented by NSU art faculty. Workshops will be presented in a variety of media, including drawing, printmaking, ceramics, watercolor painting, and sculpture. All materials will be provided and attendance is free. Educators can RSVP to by Oct. 15, 2018.



nsu High School Art Invitational Exhibition

Oct. 22-30, 2018

Student Center Gallery

On display will be works from students in grades 9-12 from area schools. Entries must be delivered by Oct. 18, 2018; contact Greg Blair at or the NSU art department at 605-626-2514. Awards will be given to the top three entries, as well as honorable mentions. 

Exhibit Entry Form

Exhibit Instructions


NSU Instrument Day

Nov. 7, 2018

Registration deadline: Nov. 1


The Northern State University Music Department introduces the first annual NSU Instrument Day!


This unique opportunity, replacing the NSU Band Clinic and Clarinet Day, will take place at the beautiful Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus. The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., after which students will work side by side with experienced, expert clinicians and instrument groups will rehearse. Large and small ensembles will perform at a 3 p.m. final concert.


Registration is open to high school and advanced middle school students who play flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone (alto, tenor, or bari), horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba or percussion. The fee is $20 per person and includes lunch and a T-shirt.



Flute/Piccolo - Deb Rausch, Milbank

Oboe/Bassoon - Chris Haak, Sioux Falls

Clarinet - Audrey Miller, NSU

Saxophone - Fritz Hemke, NSU

Trumpet - Grant Manhart and Rolf Olson, NSU

Horn - Gary Reeves, NSU

Trombone - Jerry Letcher, NSU

Euphonium/Tuba - Travis Netzer, NSU

Percussion - Terry Beckler, NSU


For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Miller.

Register for NSU Instrument Day

Annual South Dakota Jazz Festival

Jan. 17, 2019

Johnson Fine Arts Center, NSU

Start your jazz festival season off at NSU! The South Dakota Jazz Festival will be held in Johnson Fine Arts Center at Northern State University. Vocal jazz, combos, and big bands are welcome to participate in competitive and non-competitive categories to best serve musicians and music educators.
Ensembles eligible to perform at the festival
  • Big Band: A minimum of nine instrumental musicians performing with the traditional Big Band part assignments
  • Jazz ComboA maximum of eight musicians - usually with at least a bass, drums, and piano or guitar. Including instrumentalists or solo singers is very common.
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble/Swing ChoirA vocal ensemble that performs jazz with a minimum of dancing. (No show choirs, please)
  • Details and Rules


Vocal Dr. Wendy van Gent,, 605-626-7753

Band Dr. Grant Manhart,, 605-626-2982

Band Dr. Terry Beckler,, 605-626-3436

Arts Education Institute at NSU


july 15-18, 2019


The annual Arts Education Institute (AEI) offers professional development in arts and learning for South Dakota teachers and pre-K-12 administrators.


However, you don't have to be an educator to attend AEI. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this fun-filled week of learning featuring:

  • Ways to infuse the arts into classrooms
  • Curriculum development
  • Hands-on art and music workshops

AEI is offered for up to two graduate, undergraduate or recertification credits (optional).  Find details at Arts South Dakota-Arts Education Institute or contact NSU art education instructor Nadya Preszler at

NSU Jazz Camp

July 2019


At the NSU jazz camp, you'll have the opportunity to play in various jazz groups, take lessons, learn about improvisation, enjoy social and recreational activities and participate in nightly jam sessions.




All students will have a chance to be part of a jazz big band. Rehearsals will be held each day, with a final concert Saturday. You'll learn to play a variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin and funk/rock.



Each student will have one lesson, with the option of taking more. Lessons will help you improve tone, technique, style and improvisation.



Improvisation classes will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. This is a great time to just get your feet wet or improve the improvisation skills you already have.

Register for Jazz Camp

NSU Voice Camp

July 2019


The NSU Voice Camp is ideal for young singers in grades 7-12 who love to sing and want to learn more about their voice and the world of the singer-actor in a supportive atmosphere.



Daily classes will include:

  • Vocal warmups
  • Health and care of your voice
  • Stage deportment
  • Song interpretation
  • Diction for singers
  • Acting
  • Jazz
  • Movement
  • Small-group ensembles and choir

All students will participate in choral ensembles. Enjoy recreational and social activities while learning about music and vocal technique.



Students are asked to bring one prepared song to work on in lessons and classes. Acceptable categories include classical art song, age-appropriate aria, folk song, or musical theater selection. It's helpful if the song is memorized or close to it. If you don't have a song to bring to camp, one will be assigned to you.



Each student will have one lesson, with the option of taking one additional voice lesson. Lessons will focus on posture, breathing, breath support, healthy production and projection.



Register for Voice Camp



Rushmore National Music Camp: Junior High Week

summer 2019    

NSU Campus Band students entering grades 6-9 are welcome to attend the Rushmore National Junior High Music Camp on Northern's campus in Aberdeen. Guided by camp counselors, students stay in Northern dorms and enjoy meals in NSU's dining hall, the Wolves' Den.


The camp offers many performance opportunities and individual lessons from music educators and professionals, as well as daily recreational activities. For details, follow the camp on Facebook.