Chair, Music / Professor / Director of Choral Activities
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 114A
Phone: (605) 658-3467
David Holdhusen is the Director of Choral Activities and the Douglas and Susan Tuve Distinguished Professor of Choral Music at the University of South Dakota. His responsibilities include serving as conductor for the Chamber Singers and teaching courses in conducting. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Holdhusen is currently the Chair of the Department of Music and Director of the university's annual Choral Directors Institute and the USD Summer Music Camp. Dr. Holdhusen received his Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. He holds an M.M. from Northwestern University in Choral Conducting, and a B.A. in Music with education certification from Gustavus Adolphus College. While at Gustavus, Dr. Holdhusen was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda and awarded the Presser Foundation Scholarship. In demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Dr. Holdhusen was the recipient of the SD-ACDA Encore Award for excellence and achievement in the field of choral music and the prestigious Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor USD bestows on its educators. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the College Music Society, the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Dr. Holdhusen has had research published in national journals, presented clinics and interest sessions throughout the country, and his book, "Commitment to Musical Excellence" is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has been elected to leadership positions in various organizations, including a term as President for the South Dakota Chapter of ACDA. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform at state and regional festivals and conventions, have won first place and grand champion awards in music festivals throughout the country, and have been honored the American Prize for sustained excellence in Choral Performance.
Vocal Music, Chorus, Conducting, Music Education
Chorus, Conducting, Instructional Methods, African-American Spiritual Performance Practice
- Ph D, Music Education, Florida State University, 2007
- MM (Master of Music), Choral Conducting, Northwestern University, 1998
- BA, Music and Education, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1996
- Vermillion Children's Choir, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2019 - 2020)
- Vermillion Children's Choir, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2018 - 2019)
- Vermillion Children's Choir, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2017 - 2018)
Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.
- Holdhusen, David. I Carry Your Heart. North Hampton, NH: Navona Records, 2019.
- Holdhusen, David. Let Me Fly: A Celebration of American Choral Music. North Hampton, NH: Navona Records, 2016.
- Holdhusen, David. Building Community in the Choral Ensemble. NAfME Website, 2016.
- Holdhusen, David. Positive Impatience: An Efficient and Engaging Approach to the Choral Rehearsal, 12-13. Vol. Winter, Iss. 2014. North Dakota: The Chorister, 2014.
- Holdhusen, David. Yours in Song. Con Brio Records, 2013.
- Holdhusen, David. Commitment to Musical Excellence: The 75 Year History of the Gustavus Choir, 275. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.
- Holdhusen, David. A History of the Choral Music Activities at Gustavus Adolphus College from 1862-1933. Edited by Mark Fonder, 118-131. Vol. 31, Iss. 2. Ithica, NY: Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 2010.
- Holdhusen, David. Using Choral Literature to Educate the Church Choir: How Teaching Your Choir More than Pitches and Rhythms Can Help You Win the Weekly Anthem Race, 90-92. Vol. 43, Iss. 10. American Organist, 2009.
- Holdhusen, David. Nature's Witness..
- Holdhusen, David. Review of Foundations of Choral Conducting by Kevin Fenton, 67-68. Vol. 50, Iss. 1. The Choral Journal, 2009.
- Holdhusen, David. Programming Tradition: The Signature Selection, 51-53. Vol. 47, Iss. 3. The Choral Journal, 2006.
Awards and Honors:
- 2nd Prize, The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2017
- Finalist, American Prize in Choral Performance, 2015
- Honored Artist, American Prize in Choral Performance, 2015
- Finalist, American Prize in Choral Performance, 2014
- Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching Winner Tenured Category, University of South Dakota, 2014
- 2nd Prize, The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2013
- Encore Award, South Dakota American Choral Directors Association, 2013
- Finalist, American Prize in Choral Performance, 2013
- Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominee, University of South Dakota, 2013
- 3rd Place, National Opera Association, 2012
- Finalist, American Prize in Choral Performance, 2012
- Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominee, University of South Dakota, 2012
- Finalist, American Prize in Choral Performance, 2011
- Holdhusen, David. We Are Family: Building Community in the Choral Ensemble. Presented at the NAfME National Conference, Grapevine, TX. (November 12, 2016)
- Holdhusen, David. USD Chamber Singers in Concert. Presented at the North Central American Choral Directors Association Regional Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. (February 18, 2016)
- Holdhusen, David. Listen Up! Finding Beautiful Intonation with you Choir. Presented at the Illinois Music Education Conference, Peoria, IL. (January 29, 2016)
- Holdhusen, David. Developing Intelligent Singers, Not Dumb Musicians!. Presented at the Iowa Music Educators Assoiciation Professional Development Conference, Ames, IA. (November 20, 2015)
- Holdhusen, David. The Effect of Historical Dialect on the Perception of Authentic Performance of the African-American Spiritual in a Choral Setting. Presented at the Hawaii University International Conference of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science, Honolulu, HI. (January 4, 2014)
- Holdhusen, David. Singin' wid de Soul: Performing Dialect in the African-Ameican Spiritual. Presented at the Iowa Music Educators Assoiciation Professional Development Conference, Ames, IA. (November 15, 2012)