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 for the Chamber Singers take place at the beginning of the fall semester. Audition includes:
Sing “My Country Tis of Thee”
The Chamber Singers rehearse Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11-11:50 a.m.
Each spring, the Chamber Singers embarks on an extensive concert tour which has taken the group throughout the United States and to Europe. For information on the choir’s travel plans, please see the concert tour website or contact David Holdhusen at David.Holdhusen@usd.edu.
"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.
"Yours in Song" is a compilation of live performances from the USD Chamber Singers’ annual tour concerts at First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. 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.