South Dakota Honor Choir Draws Musicians Statewide

Image South Dakota Honor Choir The South Dakota Honor Choir, comprised of about 150 choral musicians from around the state, will perform Friday, Aug. 5, on the USD campus.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- About 150 of South Dakota’s best choral musicians will present the 43rd annual South Dakota Honor Choir on Friday, Aug. 5, on the University of South Dakota campus.

The 7:30 p.m. concert at Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall is presented by USD and the South Dakota American Choral Director's Association (SD-ACDA). The musicians are chosen by statewide audition and rehearse on campus five to seven hours a day for a week in preparation for the concert that will feature several classical and contemporary musical selections.

The guest conductor for this year’s choir is Randolph Stenson of the St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan. Susan Keith Gray, Ph.D., USD professor of music, will serve as accompanist for the performance.

Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. For more information, contact the USD Department of Music at (605) 677-5274.

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USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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.


Michael Ewald
USD News