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USD Chamber Singers Embark on Four-State Concert Tour in March

Chamber Singers photo The USD Chamber Singers will perform in four states during the week of March 3-10.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The nationally-recognized University of South Dakota Chamber Singers will perform at locations in South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota during the week of March 3-10.

The ensemble begins its travels on Friday, March 3 with a 7:30 p.m. performance at Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa. The concert is part of an annual spring tour by the Chamber Singers and their conductor, David Holdhusen, Ph.D.

“Our students will have an opportunity to perform in multiple venues with different acoustics,” said Holdhusen, associate professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at USD. “Because we are on the road for the entire week, 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.”

Admission is free to all of the Chamber Singers’ performances; however, a freewill offering will be collected at each venue.

This year’s musical program, “Circle of Life,” includes classical and contemporary musical selections spanning a variety of languages and cultures.

Here is the concert schedule:

March 4, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cherokee, Iowa, 1 p.m.
March 4, Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center, Algona, Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
March 5, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bancroft, Iowa, 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
March 5, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
March 6, Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, Illinois, 7 p.m.
March 7, Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka, Illinois, 7 p.m.
March 9, Kasson-Manotorville High School, Kasson, Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 10, 1st Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 7:30 p.m.

For more information about University Music Ensembles, please visit the Department of Music's website. For information about the Chamber Singers’ 2017 Spring Tour, please contact Holdhusen at (605) 677-5275 or email


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.