Camps, Festivals and Competitions

Augustana hosts several annual events on campus that promote the arts:

  • Jazz Camp — A four-day camp held July 12-16, 2016, for 7th-12th grade musicians. The camp is held in conjunction with the annual Sioux Falls Jazz Festival, hosted by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society. Registration ended June 20.
  • Augustana Band Festival — Each November, students from high schools in four states participate in workshops and rehearsals for three days prior to a Grand Finale Concert. The 58th Annual Festival was November 13-14, 2015.

  • The "VikeSing" Choral Festival  With a focus on choral skills, this event is directed by Dr. Paul Nesheim and is open to area choral students and their directors.

  • The Augustana High School Art Invitational Exhibition — Open to area high school artists, recommended by their teachers. The 2016 Invitational ran January 15 - February 5.

  • The 20th annual Siouxland Trombone Festival — Featuring world-renowned musician Doug Yeo, professor of Trombone at Arizona State University, as the guest artist, the Festival , was April 7-8, 2016, at Augustana University. A concert featuring Yeo and the Augustana Band and College & Community Band will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Washington Pavilion.
  • Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival — 50 high school bands representing Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa participate in this annual March festival that was March 7 - 8, 2016. The 2016 event was the 42nd Anniversary year of this popular festival.
  • Summer Music Camp is set for June 6-11, 2016, and will be led by Dr. Paul Schilf along with professors from the Augustana Department of Music. You'll find the finest in musical instruction, performance opportunities and fun for six days. Registration ended May 26.