Chamber Singers from The U begin tour with Sioux Falls show

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at First Congregational Church, located at 300 Minnesota Ave., in Sioux Falls, S.D. This performance is part of an annual spring concert tour by the Chamber Singers and their new conductor David Holdhusen, Ph.D., a Sioux Falls native and graduate of Washington High School. In addition to the Sioux Falls concert, the choir will perform in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and additional communities in South Dakota.

The tour features a variety of repertoire that spans the historical spectrum, including pieces by Bach and Mendelssohn as well as folk songs and spirituals from throughout the world. Also included in this year’s program is a new work written by Peter Durow for the Chamber Singers called, “The Slave Sang at Midnight,” which won third place at the recent Longfellow Chorus Composer’s Competition. The Chamber Singers will be the first choir to perform this work outside of the Longfellow Chorus. According to Holdhusen, the students have worked tirelessly to prepare the program to speak to the audience on a deep musical and emotional level.

The premiere vocal ensemble at The University of South Dakota, the Chamber Singers is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students selected through auditions from the entire university student body.  Its repertoire, which is primarily a cappella, includes music from the Renaissance to the present in a wide variety of styles.  The Chamber Singers have performed for state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. The ensemble also has recorded several choral works for a companion record series to music textbooks used by colleges and universities nationwide.

For information about the Chamber Singers’ Tour, please contact Holdhusen via e-mail at david.holdhusen@usd.edu or by phone at (605) 677-5721. For more information about University Music Ensembles, please visit www.usd.edu/cfa/Music/ensembles.cfm.