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Sisseton Composition Academy Concert

Free Event

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Sisseton Performing Arts Center, Sisseton, SD

Join the SDSO and the Sisseton Arts Council for this FREE concert event highlight local composers’ works featured by the Dakota String Quartet and the Dakota Wind Quintet! Composers took part in a music composition academy for a week in early August, studying under the SDSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. The student works were created during their time with the Academy.

The performance is held at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 14. THE CONCERT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

“The Music Composition Academies invest in the students themselves, teaching them new skills and building their self-esteem,” says Delta David Gier, Music Director of the SDSO. “Beyond the individual benefits, the building of bridges between our communities and the creation of cross-cultural understanding through close one-on-one learning is invaluable. Our hope is that this is the beginning of years and years of sharing what we love: music!”

The Music Composition Academies were divided between string composers and wind composers. Students who composed pieces for the Dakota String Quartet include Alannah Lawrence, Derrick Lawrence, Shira Tomboulian, Samuel Williams, and Chris Wolcott. Dakota Wind Quintet composers include Ricky Albright, Bryan Akipa, and Garrett Lawrence.


The Music Composition Academies, held in Sisseton, SD, and at Crazy Horse Memorial, were free to all participants and made possible by the Bush Foundations “Bush Prize for Community Innovation” and New Music USA’s “Music Alive” program. Music Alive selected the SDSO as one of five composer and orchestra pairs to participate in the national three-year composer-residency program. Music Alive prioritizes collaborative work and immersive experiences for composers, orchestra musicians, artistic leadership, and community members.

The Lakota Music Project is a long-term collaborative program in partnership between the SDSO and the Native American Community. It seeks to build tangible bridges between White and Native communities by finding points of common interest and experience. At every turn, the Lakota Music Project strives to bring White and Native communities together through shared experience in music.

The SOUTH DAKOTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is based in Sioux Falls, SD, a vibrant and growing community serving a 125-mile region that touches 5 states.  Known for innovative programming and state-wide outreach, the SDSO has a strong heritage upon which to build an even stronger future.  SDSO was the 2016 winner of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.  The Bush Prize recognizes organizations for their innovative work in community engagement.  In addition, the SDSO was selected as 1 of 5 orchestras in the country to participate in a three-year composer residency through New Music USA which brings American Indian composer Jerod Tate to the SDSO through 2019. The SDSO is the region’s premiere performing arts organization with the Washington Pavilion as its home.  Artistically, the SDSO is led by Maestro Delta David Gier who has guided the orchestra to new musical heights.

The Residency of Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their work with composers and new music, capitalizing on the power of composers and their creativity to build new paths for orchestras to heighten their relevancy and deepen their relationships with their communities. Major funding for Music Alive comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund of Music, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.