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School Residency

The Dakota String Quartet and the Dakota Wind Quintet serve as in-residence teaching ensembles in the three public high schools of the Sioux Falls School District – Lincoln High School, Roosevelt High School, and Washington High School – and the Brandon Valley High School.  The ensembles also visit the 8th grade middle school bands and orchestras throughout the Sioux Falls School District at least once per semester.


  1. Expand the skill sets of student musicians
  2. Increase the level of interest in high school music programs
  3. Foster relationships between SDSO musicians and school music teachers
  4. Provide access to professional musicians’ expertise for student musicians
  5.  Provide opportunities for students and their families to experience the SDSO


SDSO Musicians will work directly with the school band and orchestra directors at each school to individually craft each visit to ensure maximum impact.  Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Opportunities to Experience the SDSO

Each high school ensemble participating in the High School Residency is provided with 50 tickets to disperse to students and families to three SDSO Classical Series performances.