Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments, traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room. Most broadly, it includes any art music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part. Playing chamber music requires special skills because the players must 'communicate' with each other both musically and socially. This clearly differs from the skills required for playing solo or orchestral works. Chamber music was once nicely described by Richard Walthew in London, 1909, as "the music of friends".  All Events and Workshops are funded by private donations with assistance from the Allied Arts Fund of Rapid City, the South Dakota Arts Council, NEA, and the Rapid City Arts Subsidy. 

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Season tickets for regular admission or senior discounted prices are available through September from the Black Hills Chamber Music Society,
PO Box 3341, Rapid City, SD or call Justine Estes at 605-341-6425.

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2017-2018    A Season of Sensational Strings

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 3 PM    KOUZOV DUO 
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3 PM    TELEGRAPH QUARTET 
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:30 PM    J. LAITEN WEED HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA 
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3 PM   IRRERA BROTHERS  
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3 PM    JASPER STRING QUARTET 


Sunday, September 24, 2017, 3 PM


DMITRY KOUZOV, cello           YULIA KOUSOVA, piano


Dmitry Kouzov, First Prize Winnerof the International Beethoven Competition, possessses "...astonishing virtuoso skills." (Gramaphone Magazine)  He is acclaimed for his "secure technique... warm, focused tone... and sensitive, expressive playing." (Strings Magazine)  Mr. Kouzov will be accomppanied by Yulia Kouzova, herself an acclaimed pianist, known for her passionate and musical interpretations.  They will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahm, and others.  Mr. Kouzov could recieve no higher praise than this: "Dmitry Kouzov is a true artist." (Mstislav Rostropovich)  For further information and the afternoon's repertoire click here

All Concerts are held at The First Congregational Church, 1200 Clark Street, Rapid City, SD 

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Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3 PM


JOSEPH MAILE, violin      JEREMIAH SHAW, cello

PEI-LING LIN, viola     ERIC CHIN, violin

Telegraph Quartet

The Telegraph Quartet, formed in 2013, won the Grand Prize in the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the prestigious Naumburg Competition in 2016.  They are passionate players of the standard chamber repertoire, performing with " ...tonal beauty... intelligent attention to detail, ...communicative urgency...brilliance and subtlety." (Sand Francisco Classical Voice)   The Quartet will play Beethoven, Hugo Wolf, and Robert Schumann.   WEBSITE: 

All Concerts are held at The First Congregational Church, 1200 Clark Street, Rapid City, SD

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Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:30 PM 


Junho Kim

The HONORS ORCHESTRA is made up of the top 22 students from South Dakota All State Orchestra.  The conductor for this year's concert is Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestras at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.  Dr. Kim is an award winning musician who received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he received extensive knowledge of Chamber Music repertoire.  Dr. Kim says his belief and goal,  " musicians into being the music, instead of trying to tell others about it."   WEBSITE:

Please note:  This concert is Saturday Evening, February 24, 2018.

All Concerts are held at The First Congregational Church, 1200 Clark Street, Rapid City, SD

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Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3 PM


JOHN IRRERA, violin       JOSEPH IRRERA, piano 

Irrera BrothersJOHN AND JOSEPH IRRERA, celebrated solo artists, also perform exquisitely as a duo.  These performances are particularly beautiful, as they illulminate that special connection between brothers.  John and Joseph both hold Doctorate Degrees from the Eastman school of Music.  After their dynamic Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, the brothers were invited back to perform in 2012 and 2013.  This 2013 concert was reviewed as a "riveting dynamic performance (New York Concert Review Carnegie Hall)   Their program includes:  Beethoven, Vitali, Clara Schumann and Gershwin.  WEBSITE: 

All Concerts are held at The First Congregational Church, 1200 Clark Street, Rapid City, SD 

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Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3 PM 



J. FREIVOGEI,  first violin      SAE CHONABAYASHI, second violinJasper String Quartet


 The Jasper Quartet was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006.  This extraordinary ensemble, which plays with  "...sparkling vitality and great verve..." (Classical Voice of North Carolina), is the winner of several prizes including the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.  Deeply engaging with the music, the Jasper performs pieces emotionally significant to its members.  Their interpretations of Beethoven, Borodin, and Mendelssohn will be " ...expressively compelling" (The Strad) and "...powerful" (New York Times).

All Concerts are held at The First Congregational Church, 1200 Clark Street, Rapid City, SD 

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Community Outreach:


CELEBRATION OF STRINGS   June 23 and 24, 2018

This event is a Collaboration between Black Hills Chamber Music Society and the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills


Celebration of Strings offers area string students of all ages and levels, an opportunity to work and perform with professional musicians, some of whom grew up in Rapid City.  Rehearsals and workshops:  June 23, 2018, Rehearsals and Performance:  June 24, 2018.



The Elder Musik Project provides 50-60 professionally prepared concerts for several care centers reaching audiences who may have no other opportunity for professional concerts.



The Chamber Music for Children Project provides educational performances of chamber music by four different ensembles in each of the fifth grade classes in the elementary schools in Rapid City, South Dakota, giving approximately 1400 children the opportunity to attend and experience a live chamber music concert.



The Educational Outreach Project at the Black Hills Children’s Home provides educational performances by three small ensembles for the children residing in the Black Hills Children’s Home near Keystone, South Dakota.

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Concert Sponsors:

Duane and Karen Abata   Dr. Charles Gwinn and Family
Stanford M. and Lynda Clark Adelstein   Karell Lehmann and Rhonda Seaver
Allied Arts Fund   Pioneer Bank and Trust
Black Hills Federal Credit Union   The Rushmore Hotel and Suites
Don and Kyle Blada   Dr. Streeter adn Barbara Shining 
Dr. Dale and Barbara Clement   Simpsons Printing
Edwards Piano Service   Super 8 Motel - Wall, SD
Douglas and Justine Estes   Curt and Peggy Tuhy 
First Congregational Church   Vic and Charlotte Weidensee
Michael L., and Marnie L. Gould    

South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota,
through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts

Additional funds provided by the Allied Arts Fund in partnership with the City of Rapid City Investment Grant

Rapid City Arts CouncilSouth Dakota Arts Council


Thank You Black Hills Chamber Music Society Sponsors!  You make it possible for us to bring beautiful music to Rapid City and the Surrounding Area.



Black Hills Chamber Music Society is a non-profit 501c(3) arts organization.  Our concerts and community outreach projects are funded by ticket sales, grants and donations.  For information on how you can help support BHCMS, please call Justine Estes, 605-341-6425.  Thank you.

Thank you for supporting the Arts!

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Executive Board and Board of Directors:

Justine Estes, President  Larry Beezley
Mike Edwards, Vice President  Sylvia Cox  
Linda Larson, Secretary  Mike Mathews 
Lana Chapman, Treasurer  Carmen Rosehdahl  
Duane L. Abata  Rhonda Seaver  
Tiffany Brett  Vic Weidensee (Member Emeritus)  


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Past Performances:

Sept. 16, 2012 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Brass Quintet Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba
Oct. 14, 2012 Tao Lin, Piano
Nov. 18, 2012 The Cavatina Duo, Classical Guitar, Flute
Apr. 7, 2013 Antero Winds Quintet Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn
April 28, 2013 Michelle & Kimberly Cann, Duo Pianos
Sept. 29, 2013 The Rawlins Piano Trio Violin, Cello, Piano
Oct. 27, 2013 Charles Wetherbee/David Korevaar Violin, Piano
Nov. 17, 2013 The Lyric Arts Trio Clarinet, Soprano, Piano
Jan. 25, 2014 J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra
Feb. 23, 2014 The Minetti String Quartet Violin, Violin, Viola, Cello
Sept. 14, 2014 William Rounds - cello, Sayuri Miyamoto - piano, Amanda Kelts - voice
Oct. 26, 2014 Christopher Atzinger Classical Pianist
Nov. 16, 2014 The St. Petersburg String Quartet
Sept. 27, 2015 The Euclid String Quartet
Oct. 25, 2015 The Poulenc Trio Oboe, Piano, Bassoon
Feb. 20, 2016 J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra
Apr. 3, 2016 Michelle Cann Classical Piano
Apr. 24, 2016 Axiom Brass Quintet
Sept. 25, 2016 Fandango violin, cello, flute, guitar
Oct. 30, 2016 Neave Trio Violin, Piano, Cello
Jan. 22, 2017 Joel Fan Concert Pianist
Apr. 2, 2017 The Merling Trio/Quintet violin, piano, cello, viola, bass
Apr. 23, 2017 Trans-Nebraska Players flute, violin, viola, piano, cello


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Updated Sept 12, 2017