25th Annual Workshop for Strings, Winds, and Piano

Offering a two-day and five-day program hosted by Luminus and Charlie Young, with guest artists BeoAdam Estes, and more. Limited to 40 total musicians.

DCM 2021: Friday evening, June 4 through Wednesday, June 9

We are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for live chamber music this summer, but fully realize the responsibility for keeping our musicians safe. Read below an initial list of guidelines for rehearsal, moving around the campus, and gathering as a large group. At any point these are subject to change, including a full cancellation of DCM, based upon the latest information about COVID-19.

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Schedule
Friday, June 4 5:00-6:30pm Registration, lobby of Old Main
  7:00-8:30pm Opening session, including review of health precautions
Saturday, June 5 9am-6pm Rehearsal and other activities
Sunday, June 6 10am-3pm Rehearsal and other activities
  4pm Two-day program final concert (streamed)
Monday, June 7 9am-7pm Rehearsal and other activities
Tuesday, June 8 9am-7pm Rehearsal and other activities
Wednesday, June 9 9am-3pm Rehearsal
  4pm Five-day program final concert (streamed)
  6pm All check-outs complete

Tuition and Costs

NEW, for 2021: pay-what-you-can-afford. Actual costs must be covered (room and board, food), but tuition will be listed separately. We ask that all who can pay full tuition do so, but that all others who wish to make chamber music, pay what they can afford. No distinction will be made, and no one other than the DCM administrators will know. Details will be sent upon receipt of the application.

Tuition: Two-day      $200 + meals/housing
Tuition: Five-day      $340 + meals/housing

Continuing Education credit: 1-2 credits @ $50 per credit

Scholarships available, applications upon request

Housing: Campus dorms should be available, and have traditionally been $30 per night for a single room. Specific policies and costs will only be known as the COVID situation develops and we are closer to the dates. Grade School and college students may purchase an on-campus package for a significant savings, including a dorm room and cafeteria meals. Details will be posted as soon as they are known, but are fully dependent upon how pandemic policy is understood in May

Food during DCM: As a safety precaution, longer meal periods and a later start are scheduled to give participants more time to make their own meal arrangements. All musicians will have the option of pre-ordering a Sunday and/or Wednesday lunch, to preserve more time for dress rehearsals. A cafeteria plan will also be available at registration, for Monday and Tuesday meals.

Health and Safety at DCM 2020
Minot State University and Dakota Chamber Music are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19, and first and foremost will honor all state and university policies that govern the circumstances under which we may safely gather.

Safety guidelines, subject to change based upon MSU policies and new health information:

  • All participants are required to wear masks at all times while on campus* and observe a 6’ minimum distancing policy during all activities. (*exceptions given during small group rehearsals)
  • Make frequent use of hand sanitizer, available in all rehearsal rooms and at stations installed throughout the building.
  • Cap enrollment at 40 musicians along with 6 faculty. Maximum of 46 people spread throughout the Music area or gathered together in ANNH. For most on-campus time, musicians will be divided into groups of 3-6 musicians plus a coach.
  • Make use of virtual coaching and faculty presentations, involving guest faculty without having to host them on campus.
  • Each ensemble will have a room exclusive to their use, sitting in the same locations each time.
  • Wipe down all shared equipment (such as pianos) after every use, with wipes provided.
  • Schedule staggered rehearsal breaks to reduce traffic.
  • Encourage participants to take breaks outdoors, weather permitting.
  • Large group sessions in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall will have pre-determined seating/spacing.
  • Final Concert will be open to a small audience of less than 200 total, but will be available via stream.
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Dakota Chamber Music

Now in its third decade, Dakota Chamber Music continues its great tradition of making chamber music come alive each June. At DCM, Luminus, guest faculty and participants work together to understand and communicate in the language of music. Faculty model and coach curiosity about history and theory, creative solutions to rhythmic, technical, and interpretation problems, and how to breathe life back in to the black and white notation, lying dormant on the page.

Among the most compelling aspects of DCM, faculty present daily sessions on their own music (for the Faculty Concert) demonstrating practice and rehearsal techniques, their own problems and solutions to technical and musical problems, and helping the participants relate to the context, construction and meaning of the work(s).

All music-making at DCM is a shared experience, for faculty and participants: the end results are driven by a community.


  • DCM accepts applications from both pre-formed ensembles and individuals; individuals will be placed into ensembles by age and experience.
  • Participants will enjoy daily rehearsals, coaching sessions, and masterclasses throughout DCM, working toward their concluding performance.
  • All rehearsals and performances will take place in Minot State University’s state-of-the-art facilities and Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, one of the finest acoustic spaces in the upper Midwest.
  • University Credit (1-2 Grad Semester Hours) is available to all adult participants.
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