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USD Chamber Singers complete spring tour with Home Concert

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s Chamber Singers will conclude a spring break concert tour of South Dakota, North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 19 at the United Church of Christ, which is located at 226 E. Main St. in Vermillion, S.D.

The Home Concert is part of a North American tour by the Chamber Singers and their conductor, David Holdhusen, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at USD. In addition to performing in Vermillion, the Chamber Singers performed in communities throughout South Dakota, including venues in Yankton, Freeman, Aberdeen, Brandon and Sioux Falls. Stops also included Fargo, North Dakota and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This year’s musical program, “A Slave’s Journey,” contains classical and contemporary musical selections. According to Holdhusen, some of the songs featured in the program span a historical spectrum, including J.S. Bach’s sixth motet, “Lobet den Herrn,” to more contemporary works like, “Verses Left to Write” by Timothy Tharaldson, and piece written a few years ago for the Chamber Singers by Peter Durow entitled, “The Slave Sang at Midnight.” Also featured are United States folk songs and spirituals like Moses Hogan’s “Steal Away” and Allen Koepke’s “Follow the Drinking Gourd.”

There’s no admission cost for the performance; however, a freewill offering will be collected. Complementary child care will be provided at the church and copies of the Singers’ CD, “Nature’s Witness,” will also be on sale.

The premiere vocal ensemble at USD with 30 members, 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, and recorded several choral works for a companion record series to music textbooks used by colleges and universities nationwide. For more information about University Music Ensembles, please visit