28th Annual Workshop for Strings, Winds, and Piano

Offering overlapping two-day and six-day programs hosted by Luminus and Charlie Young, and featuring guest artists, members of the Beo string quartet.

DCM 2024: Monday, June 17 through Sunday, June 23

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. 

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Schedule
Monday, June 17 5-6:30pm Registration, lobby of Old Main
  7-8:30pm Opening session in ANNH
Tu/Wed, June 18 & 19 9am-7pm Rehearsal and other activities
7pm Free Time/Organized Activity for 7-12 Program
Thursday, June 20 9am-5pm Rehearsal and other activities
7pm Faculty Concert #1 at the Northwest Arts Center
Friday, June 21 9am-5pm Rehearsal and other activities
7pm Faculty Concert #3 at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall (ANNH)
Saturday, June 22 9am-5pm Rehearsal and other activities
7pm College/Adult Program Final Concert
Sunday, June 23 8am-11:45 Dress Rehearsals for 7-12 and Weekend Ensembles
12:00 noon Weekend Program Final Concert
  1:30 7-12th Grade Program Final Concert

Tuition and Costs

Tuition: Two-day session: $215 + meals/housing
Tuition: Six-day session: Adults $420 + meals/housing, Grades 7-12 $490 (includes housing)

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

Scholarships available, applications upon request

Housing: Dorm housing should be available on campus for adults at the rates of $33 per night for a single and $20 per night/per person for double occupancy.

Food during DCM: On campus options will likely be available, and a few meals will be hosted by DCM. 

Luminus and Beo

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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