Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers is the premier vocal ensemble at USD. Performers in the choir are selected through audition from the entire university student body. The choir's repertoire, which is primarily a cappella, includes music from the Renaissance to the present in a wide variety of styles.

The ensemble presents formal concerts on campus each semester and its annual concert tour has taken the group throughout the United States and Europe. They have been selected for performance at state and regional conventions, have appeared on the public radio programs, and received numerous national honors and distinctions.

Auditions

Auditions for the Chamber Singers take place at the beginning of the fall semester. Audition includes:

  • Sing “My Country Tis of Thee”
  • Scales
  • Tonal Memory
  • Sight Reading

Rehearsals

The Chamber Singers rehearse Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11-11:50 a.m.

Tours

Each spring, the Chamber Singers embark on an extensive concert tour which has taken the group throughout the United States and to Europe.

Chamber Singers Recordings

Let Me Fly

"Let Me Fly" showcases the extraordinary talents of the USD Chamber Singers in a compilation of American choral music. The album primarily draws on two mainstays of contemporary American choral repertoire—traditional folk song and spiritual arrangements and new works featuring a lyrical, lush harmonic language. Beloved favorites like "Elijah Rock", "Shenandoah", "Dixie", "Windham" and "Go, Tell It on the Mountain" are given fresh interpretations through expert, inspired arrangements which highlight the strengths of the ensemble.

Clips from "Let Me Fly"

Let Me Fly

Yours in Song

"Yours in Song" is a compilation of live performances from the USD Chamber Singers’ annual tour concerts at First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The music was selected not only to highlight the ensemble's artistry, but also to generate a connection with the listener on a musical and emotional level. Each of these selections carried a deep meaning for the singers and fostered the thematic elements of the tour programs.

Clips from "Yours in Song"

  Vieni Nel Mio Cuore

Keltic Song

  Stabat Mater

Search Me, O God

Yours In Song
Name Department & Office Contact
David Holdhusen
  • Chair, Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
MUSIC
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 114A

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