Under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Brad Holmes, Millikin University, 150 of South Dakota’s best high school choral musicians will perform several classical and contemporary musical selections, including Handel’s “Lift Your Voice With Joy and Thanksgiving,” J.P. Sweelinck’s “Psalm 96,” Roelof Temmingh’s “Himne” and “Exulte Justi” by Brant Adams. USD Professor of Music Dr. Susan Keith Gray will serve as accompanist for the performance, which is the first choral concert in the recently renovated Slagle Auditorium. Tickets are $10, general admission, 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 Honors Choir. Students chosen for the choir will begin six days of rehearsal on Sunday, July 24 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom. Activities throughout the week for the 150-member choir include a dance, talent show, movies and a barbecue.

The South Dakota All-State Honors Choir was formed in 1974 to provide a quality musical experience for the state’s top high school vocalists. Each year, one of South Dakota’s universities or colleges hosts the event and the choir has been continued to be conducted by the nation’s finest musical directors. This is the fifth time that USD has hosted this prestigious choral event. The South Dakota American Choral Directors provide leadership and staff for the week. Dr. David Holdhusen, director of choral activities at USD, is president of SD-ACDA.

For more information about the 38th annual High School Honors Choir Concert at USD, please contact Holdhusen at (605) 677-5721 or e-mail David.Holdhusen@usd.edu. For more information about music at USD, contact the Department of Music at (605) 677-5274 or e-mail music@usd.edu.

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