USD Chamber Singers present two South Dakota concerts

Local performances follow European tour

VERMILLION, S.D. – The nationally-recognized University of South Dakota Chamber Singers will conclude its annual Spring Break concert tour with two South Dakota performances in Sioux Falls and Vermillion.

The first concert will be 7:30 pm on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the First Congregational Church, 300 S. Minnesota Ave. in Sioux Falls. The ensemble will also perform in Vermillion on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the United Church of Christ, located at 226 E. Main St. The two South Dakota concerts follow a weeklong tour in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

“Our students will perform in multiple venues in different countries, many of which are tied directly to some of the greatest music in the choral genre.” said David Holdhusen, PhD, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at USD. “It is an important experience for our young musicians because we are on the road for the entire week and the students have the opportunity to work like professional performers. The will sing in some beautiful European cathedrals, but every venue is different and how they adjust to each environment is an important skill they must develop.”

This year’s musical program, “Old World, New World,” includes classical and contemporary musical selections. Admission is free at both South Dakota concerts, and complimentary childcare is available at the Vermillion performance.

The USD Chamber Singers are the university’s premiere vocal ensemble. Its 40 members include graduate and undergraduate students selected through auditions from the student body. Its repertoire, which is primarily a cappella, includes music from the Renaissance to the present in a wide variety of styles.

The ensemble has been selected numerous times as a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Performance (College and University Division) and was recently named an Honored Artist for its sustained excellence.

For more information about USD Music Ensembles, please visit For information about the Chamber Singers’ 2015 Spring Tour, please contact David Holdhusen at (605) 677-5275 or email


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News