Chamber Singers is the premiere vocal ensemble at the University of South Dakota. Directed by Dr. David Holdhusen, the choir is comprised of 40 graduate and undergraduate students selected through audition from the entire university student body. Known to critics for “creating a choral concert of stunning beauty and musical understanding,” its 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 of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference and have appeared on the public radio program “Going Beyond Words.” The Chamber Singers have on numerous occasions been selected as a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Performance (College and University Division) and have received the distinction of Honored Artist by the organization for their “sustained excellence.”
The Chamber Singers rehearse on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11:00 to 11:50 in the Choir Room of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.
Auditions for the Chamber Singers take place at the beginning of the fall semester. Should any openings occur, a spring semester audition may be scheduled.
Each spring, the Chamber Singers embarks on an extensive Concert Tour which has taken the group throughout the United States and to Europe. The tour provides the ensemble the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of venues and bring its choral artistry to a wider audience. For information on the choir’s travel plans, please contact Dr. David Holdhusen (David.Holdhusen@usd.edu).
Yours in Song is a compilation of live performances from the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers’ annual tour concerts at First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, SD from the years 2010 to 2013. 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. It is our hope that as you listen you will be filled with the same passion and inspired to the same levels as we were in performance.
Nature’s Witness takes the listener on a musical and emotional journey through the beauty of choral music. The CD begins with the sounds of life on the freshly created world. Amidst the songs of insects and birds the animals come together to marvel at the beauty of the newly adorned earth. The people of earth, despite their glorious surrounding, long for more and conflict arises. Murder, harassment, and captivity lead to persecution, leaving the people weary. War erupts. The drums of war give way to a tender child’s prayer. When the people follow the path of righteousness, the walls of tyranny fall and the battle is won. Out of the ashes, salvation is created and the people’s journey allows them to walk in a place of endless light.
To purchase Yours in Song or Nature’s Witness for $15, please contact Dr. David Holdhusen (David.Holdhusen@usd.edu).
Clips from Yours in Song:
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