USD Chamber Singers begin statewide tour with Mitchell performance

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s Chamber Singers begin a six-day, statewide tour with a 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, March 6 at Mitchell High School in Mitchell, S.D. This performance is part of an annual spring concert tour by the Chamber Singers and their conductor David Holdhusen, Ph.D.

In addition to the performance at Mitchell High School, the choir will perform in 10 communities:

March 7: Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City, S.D. (7 p.m.); March 8: St. Therese Church, Rapid City, S.D. (9 a.m.); Belle Fourche Area Community Center, Belle Fourche, S.D. (7:30 p.m.); March 9: TF Riggs High School, Pierre, S.D. (7:30 p.m.); March 10: Central High School, Aberdeen, S.D. (7:30 p.m.); March 11: United Methodist Church, Canton, S.D. (7:30 p.m.); March 12: First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, S.D. (7:30 p.m.); March 21: United Church of Christ, Vermillion (7:30 p.m.).

There will be no admission costs to any of the performances; however, a freewill offering will be collected at each venue. According to Holdhusen, this year’s program takes audiences on a journey from the earth’s formation and all its natural beauty through the despair and trials of persecution and war only to see the battle won and salvation return to the people. The program features a variety of repertoire that spans the historical spectrum, including pieces by Palestrina and Randall Thompson as well as folk songs and spirituals from throughout the world. The choir will also present a newly composed work by USD music professor Stephen Yarborough entitled “In Memoriam,” dedicated to his son, Jonathan, who died in a motorcycle accident last summer.

The premiere vocal ensemble at USD with more than two dozen members, 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, and recorded several choral works for a companion record series to music textbooks used by colleges and universities nationwide. For more information about University Music Ensembles, please visit www.usd.edu/cfa/Music/ensembles.cfm