Deanna Wehrspann

Deanna Wehrspann

Staff, Accompanist

Bio:

Deanna Wehrspann is a professional piano accompanist/collaborator, composer, choral singer, and church musician. In addition to her collaborative piano work at USD, she serves/ has served the University of Sioux Falls, Augustana University, South Dakota All-State Chorus, South Dakota High School Honor Choir, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Minnehaha Mandskor, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Sioux Falls, SD) in a similar capacity. She has shared the stage as pianist with Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, Dawn Upshaw, Samuel Ramey, and Branford Marsalis, among others. As a composer of choral, vocal, piano, and string orchestra music, she has recent commissions from North Central American Choral Directors (ACDA) Elementary Honor Choir and South Dakota Music Teachers Association. She was Composer-in-Residence at Ucross Foundation in 2015 and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2013, and has multiple compositional premieres each year. She has choral music published by Augsburg Fortress and upcoming by Choristers Guild in 2017. A professional soprano with South Dakota Chorale, which was honored to perform at the 2015 national ACDA conference, she has degrees from Augustana College (SD), Luther Seminary (MN), and Emporia State University (KS), and studied for a year in Leipzig, Germany, on full scholarship from Lutheran World Federation. She is a member of American Composers Forum, International Alliance for Women in Music, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, American Choral Directors Association, and Music Teachers National Association. She and her husband have two grown daughters and live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Further information can be found at her website: deannawehrspannmusic.com