USD Chamber Singers conclude 2008 spring tour with Vermillion performance

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers will conclude their 2008 spring tour with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the United Church of Christ, located at 226 E. Main St., in Vermillion. This performance is the final show of the choir’s annual spring concert tour under the direction of David Holdhusen, Ph.D., director of choral activities at The U. The Chamber Singers’ tour included performances in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin after beginning the tour with a Feb. 28 show in Sioux Falls.

The March 29 concert will feature a repertoire that spans the historical spectrum, including pieces by Bach and Mendelssohn as well as folk songs and spirituals from throughout the world. Also included in the program is a new work written by Peter Durow for the Chamber Singers called, "The Slave Sang at Midnight," which received third place at the Longfellow Chorus Composer’s Competition. The Chamber Singers were the first choir to perform this work outside of the Longfellow Chorus.

The premiere vocal ensemble at The University of South Dakota, the Chamber Singers is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students selected through auditions from the entire university student body. Its repertoire, which is primarily a cappella, includes music from the Renaissance to the present in a wide variety of styles. The Chamber Singers have performed for state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. The ensemble also has recorded several choral works for a companion record series to music textbooks used by colleges and universities nationwide.

For information about the Chamber Singers’ Vermillion concert, please contact Holdhusen via e-mail at or by phone at (605) 677-5721. For more information about University Music Ensembles, please visit