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Programs for Children

Music Composition Acadamies

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra invites you to be part of the Music Composition Academy!  The Music Composition Academy will serve as a catalyst for community while teaching students to express their creativity and write original music.

Daily music composition lessons and activities will be part of the Music Composition Academy; with an emphasis on cultural understanding and finding human commonalities.

2023 Dates Announced!

Sisseton Wahpeton College:  Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 2023
Black Hills State University: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 2023

Complete the following application form by Friday, May 12, 2023:


  • Ages – Middle school through high school age students
  • Must have a desire to learn about music and music composition.
  • Basic knowledge of reading music (can read music in either bass or treble clef or tablature, knowledge of note values, rhythm, dynamics, etc.).
  • Can play a musical instrument reasonably proficiently.



  • Students must attend all days of academy including private lessons in music composition.
  • Participate in an evaluation process.



There is no cost to attend the Music Composition Academy.  Students must be committed to attending all activities to participate.



Students will have daily one-on-one composition lessons and at the conclusion of the music academy have a fully formed piece of music for either string quartet or wind quintet. Students will work and collaborate directly with the professional musicians of the SDSO who will give a public performance of their completed compositions.

Music Composition Academies will be held in two locations: Sisseton, SD (day camp) and Black Hills State University (overnight camp)