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.
CHORAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

OCT. 6, 2021

The Northern State University Choral Leadership Workshop is designed to help vocal music instructors and high school singers prepare music for the 2021 South Dakota All-State Chorus. Students need not be members of All-State Chorus to participate. Experienced conductors will also present healthy vocal techniques and helpful tips about the music. 

For information, please contact Dr. Timothy Woods.


72nd NSU BAND CLINIC

NOV. 3, 2021

Guest conductors

Dr. James McKinney, visiting professor of percussion and former South Dakota State University director of bands

Dr. Rolf Olson, NSU director of bands

 

Schedule

8-9 a.m. Check-in

9-4 p.m. Clinic with 3 p.m. concert

 

Concert

3 p.m. Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater

 

Details

The NSU Band Clinic is the longest-running band festival in South Dakota, and takes place in the beautiful Johnson Fine Arts Center. The festival consists of two student bands that are equal in size and balance, and includes workshops for students and directors.

 

Band instrumentation is based on director nomination, and EVERY student nominated will be chosen to participate. Nominations should be received by Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Late nominees may be accepted, but are not guaranteed to be listed in the program. Lunch is on your own, and students may eat on campus in the Wolves Den.

 

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Friends of the Arts/NSU Young Artist Competition

For Regional High School Juniors and Seniors

 

January 10, 2022

 

 

Learn More

 

 
Annual South Dakota Jazz Festival

January 20, 2022

 
Start your jazz festival season at Northern! 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
Contacts

 

Vocal Dr. Wendy van Gent, wendy.vangent@northern.edu, 605-626-7753

Band Dr. Grant Manhart, grant.manhart@northern.edu, 605-626-2982

Rushmore National Music Camp: Junior High Week

2022 Dates to be announced

Johnson Fine Arts Center

 

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 our dining hall, the Wolves' Den. The week's final concert is free and open to the public.

 

The camp offers many performance opportunities and individual lessons from music educators and professionals, as well as daily recreational activities. For details, visit Rushmore Music Camp.

Arts Education Institute

2022 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

The annual Arts Education Institute (AEI) offers professional development in the arts 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
  • Online art, choral and music workshops

 

AEI is offered for up to three graduate, undergraduate or recertification credits (optional).  For more information, contact Ms. Shari Kosel of Arts South Dakota or NSU's  Ms. Nadya Preszler.

 

Band Director Institute

2022 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

The Band Director Institute (BDI) is an intensive online program designed to expose music teachers to the best in current and standard literature, teaching methods and materials. The online institute will include new band literature sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for band directors.

 

BDI is offered for up to three graduate or recertification (CEU) credits. For more information, contact Ms. Shari Kosel of Arts South Dakota or NSU's Dr. Rolf Olson.

Choral Director Institute

2022 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

The Choral Director Institute (CDI) is an extensive, focused program designed to introduce choral music educators to the best in current and standard literature, teaching methods and materials. This online institute will include new choral literature sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for choir directors.

 

CDI is offered for up to three graduate or recertification (CEU) credits. For more information, contact Ms. Shari Kosel of Arts South Dakota or NSU's Dr. Timothy Woods.

 

Jazz musicians perform on saxophone and trumpet

NSU JAZZ CAMP

2022 dates To be announced

Jazz campers will have the opportunity to play in jazz groups, take lessons and learn about improvisation, enjoy social/recreational activities and participate in nightly jam sessions.

 

JAZZ BIG BAND REHEARSAL

All students will have the opportunity to participate in a jazz big band. Rehearsals will be held each day of the camp, with a final concert on Saturday. Students will learn to play in a variety of jazz styles to include swing, Latin and funk/rock.

 

LESSONS

Each student will have one lesson. Lessons help with the basics of tone and technique as well as jazz style, and include instruction in jazz improvisation.

 

IMPROVISATION CLASS

Classes will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced improvisation. This is a great time for students to get their feet wet or improve skills they already have.

 

For more information, contact Jazz Camp Director Dr. Terry Beckler or call 605-626-2497.

 

Student plays the violin

NSU STRINGS CAMP

2022 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 
Join us for a week filled with musical discoveries!  Northern’s Strings Camp is open to string players (violin,  viola, cello and string bass) in grades 7-12. Students will  have the opportunity to make music in a fun and  supportive environment. Designed to broaden musical experience and reinforce individual  development, the camp offers a chance to work with some of the area's leading  professional musicians.
 

Classes

Daily classes will include participation in the Northern Strings Camp Orchestra, and working with Dr.  Christopher Stanichar,  Northern’s director of orchestras. Students may also take beginning conducting classes and music history courses. Most importantly, students can make new friends and meet like-minded string players who enjoy playing string  instruments and orchestra. Recreational and social activities also are planned. 

 

LESSONS

Each student will receive one lesson from our talented  staff, with the option of taking one additional lesson. Also included:
  • Great orchestra music with Dr. Stanichar! 
  • Master classes, sectionals and private lessons with our staff. Violinists will work with Ms. Sonja Bundy,  violinist with the SDSO and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra 
  • Meals provided for all students (commuter and resident  options at Northern) 
  • Northern Strings Camp T-shirt 
  • Free admission to the finale concert 

For more information, contact Dr. Stanichar or call 605-626-2497.

 

NSU Voice Camp

2022 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

The NSU Voice Camp is the ideal camp 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.

 

Classes

A typical day includes:

  • Vocal warmups
  • Health and care of your voice
  • Stage deportment
  • Song interpretation
  • Diction for singers
  • Acting
  • Jazz
  • Movement
  • Small-group ensembles and choir
  • Solo literature
  • Musical and vocal technique
  • Recreational and social activities

 

Lessons

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

 

Students are asked to bring one prepared song - a classical art song, age-appropriate aria, folk song or musical theatre selection - to camp, which will be worked on in lessons and classes. It is helpful if the song is memorized, or close to memorized. If you do not have a song to bring to camp, one will be assigned to you to work on during lessons.

 

For more information, contact Voice Camp Director Dr. Darci Bultema or call 605-626-2497.

 

All-State Orchestra Workshop

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

PREPARING FOR SOUTH DAKOTA ALL-STATE ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS

 

All high school students are welcome to attend the All-State Orchestra Workshop and learn from Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony members and Northern faculty!

  • Dr. Christopher Stanichar, assistant professor of music and AUCS director, will conduct the All-State Orchestra literature in a side-by-side reading with students and AUCS musicians
  • Dr. Stanichar will give hints about tempos and interpretations of the music
  • Students will work on the same literature required for All-State Orchestra auditions
  • Northern faculty and AUCS members will offer a question-and-answer panel and providing tips for a successful audition

Register at the door the night of the workshop. For more information, contact Dr. Stanichar.