Black Hills State University offers numerous performing groups within the music program. The music program student performance groups give concerts each semester, and a musical is performed in cooperation with the Theater Department each year. Junior and Senior recitals are given by individual music students each semester. In addition, faculty members perform concerts each year and the music program often sponsors concerts or workshops by well-known performers, both on and off campus. All performing groups are open to students ;from any area of study; however, admission to some is based on audition. For more details, click on the links below.

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The "Beeline" Drumline is a group of percussion instruments that perform at many athletic events and other events throughout the year. Learn new techniques and broadens your musical experience by joining the Beeline. For more information contact Dr. David Berberick at 605-644-2641.


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The BHSU Community Chorale is a non-auditioned mixed ensemble that performs mainly large works and choral cycles. The ensemble is comprised of BHSU students and community singers from the area. For more information, contact Jonathan.Nero@bhsu.edu.



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Expand your skills in orchestral performance with the Dakota Chamber Orchestra. The group meets Tuesday nights from 7–9 pm and is open to students and the community. For more information about the Dakota Chamber Orchestra contact Skye van Duuren, 605-642-6888.


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A cappella repertoire that varies from 16th-Century madrigals to contemporary pop and jazz arrangements. For more information, contact Jonathan.Nero@bhsu.edu, 605.642.6628.




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The Black Hills State University Concert Band is a large ensemble open to students of all majors and community members interested in enhancing their musical and performance skills. For more information contact Dr. David Berberick at 605-644-2641.



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The BHSU Concert Choir is open to all Black Hills State University students and faculty. The choir performs a varied repertoire, both accompanied and a cappella, from Renaissance motets to American spirituals, as well as larger works. For more information, contact Jonathan.Nero@bhsu.edu.


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The BHSU Jazz Ensemble is a small, auditioned ensemble specializing in a wide variety of jazz styles. The Jazz Ensemble is a versatile group and meets as a big band as well as small combos to play arrangements by such legends as Charlie Mingus. For more information, contact David.Martinson@bhsu.edu.


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The Black Hills State University Pep Band is a small ensemble that plays at BHSU sporting events. Drawing from famous band tunes, pop music, and even television themes, the Pep Band performs crowd favorites in a casual atmosphere. Students who participate in Pep Band are eligible for additional scholarship money. For more information contact Dr. David Berberick at 605-644-2641.


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Student Instrumental Ambassador is an instrumental ensemble whose focus is to provide additional music at our concerts as well as go out and work with instrumental music students at area schools. For more information contact Dr. David Berberick at 605-644-2641.


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The BHSU Women’s Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble that rehearses twice per week and performs at least once per semester. The group performs a varied repertoire including pop and folk styles. For more information, contact Jonathan.Nero@bhsu.edu.



Contact Info

Jonathan Nero
Meier Hall 126 Map
Phone: 605-642-6628

Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9003
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9003