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Levitt Songwriting Jam Camp

June 24 @ 8:30 am - June 28 @ 12:00 pm

Levitt Songwriting Jam Camp

Levitt Songwriting Jam Camp

Dates: Mon, June 24 – Fri, June 28
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Camp Performance: Fri, June 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Daily camp activities held at Augustana University (Fryxell Humanities Center) with culminating performance at Levitt at the Falls on Friday, June 28
Audience: Ages 14-18, girls and non-binary youth
Cost: $125 or Pay-What-You-Can
Lead Instructor: Janice Gilbert

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 participants will learn songwriting skills, build confidence and gain inspiration from local female songwriters throughout a week of engaging programming hosted at Augustana University. Levitt Songwriting Camp will culminate with a performance on the Levitt stage, showcasing the work of the campers alongside a professional musical artist as part of a Friday evening Levitt Series concert event.

Meet the Instructors

Janice Gilbert

Meet Janice

Singer / Songwriter Janice Gilbert grew up in rural South Dakota. Like most performers, she started singing at an early age, mostly in her church and community. Her music is described as a blend of down-home roots and contemporary country. Gilbert uses her experiences from growing up on the farm to fuel her songwriting as evidenced in songs like “Corn in the Silo”, “Bloom”, and “She Can Haul”. Her songs have placed in national songwriting competitions as well earning the title and a guitar for the Bluebird Cafe’s 30th Anniversary Songwriting Contest with “No One Has to Go” which was also featured on Season Five of the White Wall Sessions. After a 7-year stint in Nashville, TN honing her craft, Gilbert returned to roots in 2013 and continues to play her original music at various venues and events throughout the region. Janice is an experienced educator and award-winning 7-12 th grade music instructor. She is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and spearheads the local NSAI Sioux Falls Songwriters group.

Emily Roehl

Meet Emily

Emily Roehl (they/she) is an artist and scholar who makes work about energy, the environment, and social justice. Roehl joined the English & Journalism Department at Augustana University in 2022 and teaches courses on writing, environmental literature, and comic books. Roehl co-runs Minneapolis-based artist book publisher Mystery Spot Books, which has exhibited locally and internationally and is held in the collections of the New York Public Library, the St. Louis Public Library, the Midway Contemporary Art Library, the Floating Library, and the MCAD Library, among others.

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.

Who should sign up for camp?

The Levitt Summer Jam Songwriting camp is ideal for girls and non-binary youth ages 14-18. Students with an interest in songwriting or creative writing and with some previous musical experience will be best aligned for this camp, which will be led by local female songwriters.

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 Friday, June 28, the students from Levitt Songwriting Jam Camp will take the stage as a part of the Levitt Country Series concert with a headlining artist to perform some select songs that they learn during camp. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m., and students will be asked to arrive at the Levitt Shell by 5:30 p.m. that evening 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. 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.

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. – 9:45 a.m.: That Sounds Like a Song! Developing an Idea Workshop
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Creating a Hookbook
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Snack Time and Brain Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Tech Exploration – Apps and How to Record
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Mentor Moment – Meet a Songwriter
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.
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

Friday evening camp performance will be held at Levitt at the Falls concert facility.

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

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


June 24 @ 8:30 am
June 28 @ 12:00 pm


Levitt at the Falls


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