Music

Dakota Academy of Performing Arts: Music 

The ambitious Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) music program allows students to expand their skills with a challenging repertoire of music while receiving the benefit of smaller, intimate groups with focused mentoring and support from instructors. 

DAPA Chamber Ensembles

DAPA Chamber Ensembles build your skills as a young musician as a part of a chamber group! DAPA Chamber Ensembles are available for ages 5-18 with students placed in small groups according to their ability level. Groups rehearse once weekly for 1-2 hours throughout the school year (days/times vary per groups and are arranged at the beginning of the semester) and perform in two formal recitals at the Washington Pavilion as well as other informal and outreach performance opportunities.  

  • String Duets, Trios and Quartets (violin, viola, cello and bass) 
  • Woodwind ensembles (clarinet, saxophone, oboe, flute and bassoon) 
  • Piano Trios 

DAPA Chamber Orchestra

DAPA Chamber Orchestra is open to advanced string players (violin, viola, cello and bass) ages 10 and up. Students are places in this high-level ensemble based on audition. Chamber Orchestra rehearses at the Washington Pavilion on Sundays from 4-6 p.m. throughout the school year. The group performs on the Belbas Stage alongside faculty members and DAPA alumni twice annually.

Through participation in small chamber groups, students learn to listen to each other and become responsible for their own parts. Young musicians learn how to meet the challenges of performing at a high level. All students in the chamber groups participate in formal recitals and outreach performances throughout the school year. We have fun and play hard!

Groups are open to students ages 6-18 and represent all levels - from beginners to advanced players. We currently serve young string players, woodwind players, and piano players, but are constantly growing and evolving. Contact us if you are interested in getting involved in one of our small groups! 

To arrange a placement audition, contact us. For auditions, we ask that the student play a piece of music that demonstrates his or her ability and musicality.

Yes! All of our faculty teach private lessons and will accept students based on their availability. For information on private lessons, contact us.

DAPA Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert in the Visual Arts Center

DAPA Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert in the Visual Arts Center in the Belbas Theater

Dec. 23
4:00 PM

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DAPA Spring Chamber Ensemble Recital

Support the young musicians involved in the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Spring Chamber Ensemble Recital.

May. 14 - May. 15

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DAPA Chamber Orchestra Gala Concert in the Visual Arts Center

Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra Gala Concert in the Visual Arts Center

May. 28
4:00 PM

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DAPA Chamber Music Tuition 17-18

DAPA Chamber Music Tuition 17-18

Sep. 1 - Jan. 31

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