ABERDEEN, S.D. – Nearly 110 junior high music students are participating in the Rushmore National Music Camp this week on the campus of Northern State University. Established in 1970, the Rushmore National Music Camp has become the largest music camp in South Dakota.
Visitors to camp touring the halls of the Johnson Fine Arts Center
or Jerde Hall this week can experience a full sensory intake as students perform individually and in small section rehearsals. Saxophones can be heard from one classroom and tubas and percussion from the adjacent classrooms, while students in the halls tune instruments and practice scales.
Students arrived Sunday and began camp by auditioning for chair placement. After chair selections were completed, they broke into choir, band and jazz band groups for rehearsals.
Throughout the week, a variety of sectionals and music enrichment courses are held each day. Junior High Week concludes Friday with a final concert on the lawn in front of Graham Hall (weather permitting).
Next week the Rushmore Camp travels to Baptist Camp Judson in Keystone, S.D., where 70 high school students will participate in Senior High Week.