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Levitt Latin Jam Camp

June 17 @ 8:30 am - June 21 @ 12:00 pm

Levitt Latin Jam Camp

Levitt Latin Jam Camp

Dates: Mon, June 17 – Fri, June 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Camp Performance: Saturday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Monday-Friday daily camp activities held at Augustana University (Fryxell Humanities Center) with culminating performance at Levitt at the Falls on Saturday, June 22
Audience: Ages 9 – 11
Cost: $125 or Pay-What-You-Can
Lead Instructor: Eduardo Mendoza

Join Levitt at the Falls and Augustana University School of Music for a dynamic summer camp experience where music intertwines with community, fostering friendships, learning, and musical inspiration. Camp students will immerse themselves in Latin percussion, singing, dancing, and Latin American cultural exploration throughout a week of hands-on activities hosted at Augustana University. Latin Jam Camp will then culminate with a performance on the Levitt at the Falls stage, showcasing the work of the campers alongside a professional musician as part of a Levitt Saturday morning Family Series concert.

Meet the Instructors

Eduardo Mendoza

Meet Mr. Mendoza

Born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Eduardo Mendoza is a multi-instrumentalist educator, performer, and Cultural ambassador. Eduardo is known for performing and teaching multiple genres with a twist by taking advantage of his native instruments. During his undergraduate career at Northern State University, Eduardo has reached the highest degree of academic success graduating Summa Cum Laude, and with an invitation to belong to the International Music Honor Society. Moreover, Eduardo has been a Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Scholar and Ambassador for three consecutive years and has been cultivating his passion for Latin music ever since. Eduardo had the opportunity to present the topic of Music as a vessel for cultural awareness to the South Dakota World Affairs Council and multiple organizations around the state.

Eduardo’s passion for multicultural music has allowed him to collaborate closely with the Bolivian Consulate of America, which resulted in the creation of a project to promote Indian Bolivian traditions and music in the United States. Eduardo’s life purpose is to use music as a tool to foster cultural awareness, understanding, and diversity. Eduardo decided to inspire the new generation of musicians by becoming a music educator at Laura B. Anderson and Renberg Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD.

On the performing side, Eduardo has been a multi-instrumentalist professional performer for over ten years and currently is the Lead singer of El Trio del Sur Latin American Combo, and he pursues his own independent career. Eduardo has also traveled to multiple countries such as China, Germany, Brazil, and many others that had a direct influence on his understanding of rhythm and melodical concepts.

Pete for Web

Meet Dr. Hoesing

Peter J. Hoesing (Pete) is an ethnomusicologist
who serves as Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Dakota State University. As part of an Ethics and Humanities Faculty Section, Hoesing is also Director of Medical Humanities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He previously taught at Grinnell College, Claflin University, and Florida State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 2011. His book with University of Illinois Press (2021) and award-winning documentary short examine the music of Ugandan traditional healers. His other research and teaching interests span Africa and its global diaspora, especially East African expatriate communities and popular music in the Americas. Hoesing’s research has garnered generous funding
from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Krebs Foundation, the Mellon Foundation,
UNCF Programs, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Building on a sustained commitment to performance as an essential component of research and teaching, Hoesing’s work has involved intensive study of several
instruments, ranging from drum set and singing to Ugandan strings and a wide variety of percussion. As a jazz drummer, he has performed with Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Etienne Charles, Roland Guerin, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Printup, and Marcus Roberts, among others. He studied merengue and salsa with two Dominican artists, Dr. Juan-Ramón Guzman and percussion phenom Julio Figueroa.

Edwin Galindo

Meet Mr. Galindo

Edwin Galindo is a guitarist and composer from Bogotá, Colombia. He’s in love with the cultures and languages of the world. Currently, he works teaching music and creating content for his specialty, contemporary solo Guitar as he finishes his master’s degree in composition.

Starting from training in the classical and Flamenco guitar and from the varied sound context of the music of his country, Galindo wanted to consolidate his artistic experience into his own sound and language, translating the sounds of other instruments and formats and exploring techniques that allow him to fully exploit the possibilities of the acoustic guitar. From the classical guitar, Flamenco, and jazz, he has searched for elements to express the sound of Latin American music genres as a strategy to bring a part of the folklore of his region closer to the academic field and, at the same time, expand the possibilities of the guitar.

Levitt Jam Camp is run in partnership with Augustana University. Special thanks to the Promising Futures Fund for supporting Levitt Jam Camp.

Augustana University
Levitt Stacked
The Promising Futures Fund

Additional support of this program is provided by
Marsh McLennan Agency and Suzanne and Larry Fuller.

What will a typical camp day look like?
  • 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Camp Check-In
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Warm-Up/Get to Know You Game
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Where in the World – Exploring a Latin American Musical Region (each day we will learn about a different region)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Group Vocal Practice
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Snack Time and Brain Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Latin Dance Exploration
  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Percussion Practice
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Game/Wrap-Up Activity
Where does the camp take place?

Levitt Summer Jam Camp is being hosted by Augustana University in the Fryxell Humanities Center. Students will check in and out at the Fryxell Humanities Center with Levitt staff each morning (M-F) of camp.

Augustana University
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Saturday morning camp performance will be held at Levitt at the Falls concert facility.

Levitt at the Falls
504 N. Phillips Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Who should sign up for camp?

Camp is open to students ages 9-11 with an interest in music and/or Latin American culture. Students with a good sense of musicality and rhythm will be best aligned to succeed in this camp.

Is there transportation provided?

Transportation is not available. Parents or guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the Levitt Jam Camp activities.

When is the final performance?

On Saturday, June 22, the students from Levitt Latin Jam Camp will take the stage as a part of the Levitt Family Series concert with a headlining artist to perform some select songs that they learn during camp. The concert will begin at 10:30 a.m., and students will be asked to arrive at the Levitt Shell by 9:30 a.m. that morning to prepare for the performance. The Levitt is an outdoor concert facility in downtown Sioux Falls that hosts 50 FREE concerts for the community each year featuring a dynamic line-up of professional artists and diverse musical genres. The Family Series is a group of 5 concerts geared specifically for youth and family audiences .There is open seating at the Levitt venue and no tickets are required. Audience and fans can bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the concert for free. The concert will also be live streamed on Levitt at the Falls Facebook and YouTube page as well as on www.sd.net. Artist announcements and information on the full Levitt concert season of 50 FREE concerts will be released in early May.

Are there scholarships available for tuition?

Yes! Thanks to the generosity of Levitt, Augustana University, The Promising Futures Fund, Marsh McLennan Agency, and Larry & Suzanne Fuller, camp tuition is set up as a pay-what-you-can system. The cost to run our camp is $125 per student. For families for whom this amount is a challenge, there is an option to contribute whatever tuition amount is doable, even if that amount is $0. Families who would like to support another camper are invited to make a tax-deductible donation to the Levitt.

Will lunch or snack be provided?

A snack will be provided as a part of this half-day camp. Please inform the staff of any allergies or food restrictions. No lunch or breakfast are included.

Other Questions?

Contact Rose Ann Hofland
Levitt at the Falls
(605) 595-8547


June 17 @ 8:30 am
June 21 @ 12:00 pm


Levitt at the Falls


Augustana University
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197 United States
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