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 style, 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 Class
- Improvisation classes will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. This is a great time to "get your feet wet" or improve the improvisation skills you already have.
July 30-Aug. 4, 2017
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, visit rushmoremusiccamp.com or follow the camp on Facebook.
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 department, 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.
Greetings from Dr. Rolf Olson, director of bands at Northern State University! The NSU Band Clinic is the longest-running band festival in South Dakota. The one-day festival consists of two student festival bands and the NSU Symphonic Band, along with workshops for students and directors. The 125 to 175-piece clinic bands are equal in size and balance and rehearse during the morning and early afternoon.
Several exciting changes will enhance the clinic/festival this year. Each student will receive a T-shirt, which should be worn at the concert. We will also offer a catered lunch on campus for students and directors, giving them a chance to see other parts of campus and visit with NSU band students. Finally, the concert will take place in the beautiful new Johnson Fine Arts Center Main Theater, offering a wonderful visual and aural experience to complete the day.
The clinic begins with check-in at 8 a.m. and culminates with a concert at 3 p.m.
The instrumentation of the bands is based entirely on director nomination and past experience of the student nominated. EVERY student nominated will be chosen to participate, so please nominate only your most outstanding and deserving students. We must have two quality bands capable of putting together a program in a limited amount of rehearsal time. Please nominate upperclassmen when possible.
- Registration/Nomination Form
- We can accept late registrations; however, we cannot guarantee names will make the program after the cutoff date, which is 5 p.m., Nov. 1. The clinic fee is $15 per student, payable to NSU Band Clinic and sent to Laura Haar, NSU Music, 1200 S. Jay, Aberdeen, S.D. 57401.
- The NSU Band Clinic will recognize four-year participants. Please indicate the number of years your students have participated in the clinic when you register your students. Four-year participants will receive an NSU music scholarship.
Music will be available in late October.
Detailed schedules and information will be emailed after the registration period and during the week before the festival.
Please contact Dr. Rolf Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-626-2501 with questions.