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USD Choral Ensembles Honored with Washington Pavilion Performance

Image USD Chamber Singers in Washington Pavilion USD singers perform at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers and Concert Choir have been selected to present concerts on the American Choral Directors Association North Central Conference Feb. 18-20 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of only five collegiate choirs in the six-state region chosen by audition for a featured performance at the conference.

“With so many outstanding choral ensembles in the region, to be chosen truly demonstrates the sustained excellence and dedication of these students,” said conductor David Holdhusen.

Choirs selected for the bi-annual ACDA Conference must submit one selection from each of the past three years to be judged by a panel of respected choral musicians. The chamber singers open the conference with their performance at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18.


The USD Concert Choir, directed by Timothy Campbell, was asked by the organization to join with the South Dakota Symphony and three other college choirs in the presentation of “Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem,” a powerful work that is operatic in scope, filled with drama and rarely performed. This concert will be presented twice, once at the conference on Feb. 19 and again as part of the SDSO’s regular season Feb. 20. Tickets for the SDSO performance are available at the Washington Pavilion Box Office.


The Chamber Singers and Concert Choir return to Vermillion on Sunday, Feb. 21, for the 3 p.m. USD Spring Choral Showcase in Aalfs Auditorium at Slagle Hall. The concert also features the Vermillion Children’s Choir and Men’s and Women’s Chorus. The choirs will perform music by master composers like Handel and Mozart, as well as modern repertoire, spirituals and folk songs. The concert is free and open to the public. If you would like additional information, please contact David Holdhusen, or 605-677-5275.


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USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News