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Aalfs Auditorium at USD to host 39th Honor Choir Concert on Aug. 3

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota and the South Dakota American Choral Director’s Association will present the 39th annual South Dakota Honor Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Aalfs Auditorium inside Slagle Hall on the USD campus.

Guest conductor Dr. Lynne Gackle of Baylor University and 150 of South Dakota’s best high school choral musicians will perform several classical and contemporary musical selections. Recent USD graduate and Yankton native Scott Arens will serve as accompanist for the performance. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. the day of the show.

Hundreds of students from across the state auditioned for the South Dakota All State Honor Choir. Students chosen for the choir will begin six days of rehearsal on Sunday, July 29 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom. Activities throughout the week for the choir members include a dance, talent show, movies and a barbecue.

Under the leadership of the South Dakota American Choral Directors Association, the South Dakota All-State Honor Choir – formed in 1974 – provides a quality musical experience for the state’s top high school vocalists. Current president of SD-ACDA is Dr. David Holdhusen, director of choral activities at USD. The annual summer event is hosted at one of South Dakota’s universities or colleges with the choir conducted by some of the nation’s finest musical directors. This is the second consecutive year and sixth time overall that USD has hosted this prestigious choral event.

For more information about the 39th annual High School Honor Choir Concert at USD, please contact Holdhusen at (605) 677-5721 or e-mail For more information about music at USD, contact the Department of Music at (605) 677-5274 or e-mail


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 nearly 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.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News