Choral programs take center stage for Fall Choral Showcase at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The first choral performance to feature University of South Dakota ensembles in the newly renovated Bailey and Kathy Aalfs Auditorium is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Under the direction of David Holdhusen, Ph.D., director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at USD, the 2011 Fall Choral Showcase presents the Men’s and Women’s Chorus, the USD Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers, who were recently named finalists for The American Prize. This inaugural performance of the USD choral program at Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall is free and open to the public.

“I can’t wait to hear the collegiate choirs in this wonderful new space," explained Holdhusen. "The hall will certainly add professionalism to the presentation.”

The choirs will perform music by master composers like Handel and Mendelssohn, as well as modern repertoire, spirituals and folk songs. The performances will feature Brandon Hendrickson, D.M.A., assistant professor of voice at USD, singing the title role in selections from “Elijah,” which will be accompanied by the restored Skinner organ in the auditorium.

“I felt it was important to utilize all aspects of Aalfs Auditorium in this first concert,” Holdhusen said. “The organ is one of the unique aspects of the auditorium and it is an instrument that needs to be showcased.”

For more information about the Fall Choral Showcase or the choral activities program at USD, please contact Holdhusen at or (605) 677-5721. A calendar of choral events is also available online at


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 198 undergraduate and 79 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 more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
USD News