USD Chamber Singers Embark on 3-State Tour in March

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VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers take their nationally recognized music across South Dakota and to parts of Iowa and Minnesota in March on their annual spring tour, led by conductor David Holdhusen.


“Our students will have an opportunity to perform in multiple venues with different acoustics,” said Holdhusen, Ph.D., associate professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at USD. “Because we are on the road for the entire week of spring break as part of the tour, the students have the opportunity to work like professional performers. I think that is an important experience for our young musicians, and something they will really enjoy.”


The concert schedule: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, Mt. Marty College Chapel, Yankton, South Dakota; 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 4, Augustana Lutheran Church, Sioux City, Iowa; 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5, First Presbyterian Church, Sibley, Iowa; 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pipestone, Minnesota; 4 p.m., Sunday, March 6, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, South Dakota; 7 p.m., Monday, March 7, Faith Lutheran Church, Pierre, South Dakota; 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, Trinity Lutheran Church, Rapid City, South Dakota; 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10, First Lutheran Church, Mitchell, South Dakota; 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19, Home Concert, UCC, Vermillion, South Dakota.


Admission is free to all Chamber Singers’ performances, but a freewill offering will be collected. The choir will also visit several high schools while on the road to share their music with students. Copies of the Singers’ two CDs, “Nature’s Witness” and “Yours in Song,” will be on sale at all tour locations.


This year’s program, “One World, Infinite Voices,” includes classical and contemporary musical selections spanning a variety of languages and cultures. The choir will sing in 10 languages and present music from a wide variety of cultures, including Native American, Venezuelan, African and Indian as well as traditional European and American folksongs and spirituals.

 

The Chamber Singers have developed a strong reputation among critics for their artistry and express. They have been honored by the American Prize for their sustained excellence and recently were selected for performance at the North Central Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. “To be recognized as one of the finest collegiate choirs in the country is truly exciting. It is a testament to quality musicians at USD and the dedication and artistry these singers exhibit in preparation for performance,” Holdhusen said.

 

Chamber Singers is the premiere vocal ensemble at the University of South Dakota. It is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students selected through audition from the entire university student body. More information is available at www.usd.edu/fine-arts/music/chamber-singers or search for “USD Chamber Singers” on Facebook.


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