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Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers is the premier vocal ensemble at USD. Performers in the choir are selected through audition from the entire university student body. The choir's repertoire, which is primarily a cappella, includes music from the Renaissance to the present in a wide variety of styles.

The ensemble presents formal concerts on campus each semester and its annual concert tour has taken the group throughout the United States and Europe. They have been selected for performance at state and regional conventions, have appeared on the public radio programs, and received numerous national honors and distinctions.


Choir auditions (for both Chamber Singers and Concert Choir) will be held on August 26 and August 27 in Timothy Campbell’s office (FA129) in the Fine Arts Building. A sign-up sheet will be placed outside the door. Please sign up for a time convenient to your schedule. The audition will consist of vocalization to determine voice placement, performing "My Country tis of Thee" a cappella, singing a major and chromatic scale, tonal memory exercises and sight singing.


The Chamber Singers rehearse Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11-11:50 a.m.


Each spring, the Chamber Singers embark on an extensive concert tour which has taken the group throughout the United States and to Europe.

Chamber Singers Recordings

I Carry Your Heart

"I Carry Your Heart" is a breathtaking, exhilarating cruise through a cappella choral music from around the world. The recording is designed to powerfully move the listener through an emotional experience. For most people, the impact of our lives is best reflected by those who are allowed to “carry your heart.” Through this variety of compositions, composers and cultures, the listener will experience the excitement of living, the emotion of love and the pain of loss connected to and supported with the strength of hope. These selections highlight the ensemble’s choral artistry, and also showcase the array of tonal colors within the vocal palette.

Clips from "I Carry Your Heart"


Die Onse Vader

  Muie Rendera

Sit Down Servant


Let Me Fly

"Let Me Fly" showcases the extraordinary talents of the USD Chamber Singers in a compilation of American choral music. The album primarily draws on two mainstays of contemporary American choral repertoire—traditional folk song and spiritual arrangements and new works featuring a lyrical, lush harmonic language. Beloved favorites like "Elijah Rock," "Shenandoah," "Dixie," "Windham" and "Go, Tell It on the Mountain" are given fresh interpretations through expert, inspired arrangements which highlight the strengths of the ensemble.

Clips from "Let Me Fly"

Let Me Fly

Name Department & Office Contact
David Holdhusen
  • Chair, Music / Professor / Director of Choral Activities
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 114A

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