The tour features a variety of repertoire that spans the historical spectrum, including pieces by Bach and Mendelssohn as well as folk songs and spirituals from throughout the world. Also included in this year’s program is a new work written by Peter Durow for the Chamber Singers called, “The Slave Sang at Midnight,” which won third place at the recent Longfellow Chorus Composer’s Competition. The Chamber Singers will be the first choir to perform this work outside of the Longfellow Chorus. According to Holdhusen, the students have worked tirelessly to prepare the program to speak to the audience on a deep musical and emotional level.

The premiere vocal ensemble at The University of South Dakota, 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. The ensemble also has recorded several choral works for a companion record series to music textbooks used by colleges and universities nationwide.

For information about the Chamber Singers’ Tour, please contact Holdhusen via e-mail at or by phone at (605) 677-5721. For more information about University Music Ensembles, please visit

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