Jazz Ensemble Explores Swing and Latin Styles

The USD Jazz ensembles held a concert Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the Colton Recital Hall. The ensembles played different styles of jazz, ranging from the swing era of the 40’s to Latin jazz.   The ensemble consists of two bands with saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section. The latter is composed of the piano, guitar, […]

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All-State Chorus workshop helps prepare high schoolers

This year, 32 high schools and 286 students from all across South Dakota signed up for USD’s annual All-State Chorus workshop. Students who participate are selected by their teachers and will be sent to All-State chorus at the end of October.   Chair of the music department and director of choral activities David Holdhusen said the workshop is held to help the quartets from […]

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USD Chamber Singers perform at Spring Choral Showcase

The USD Chamber Singers performed at the Spring Choral Showcase on Sunday, Feb. 28. In previous years, the three USD choirs would perform together, but due to COVID-19 performances had to be adjusted.  The Chamber Singers is the premiere vocal ensemble at USD with a repertoire of primarily a cappella style performances.  Dr. David Holdhusen, […]

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USD Chamber Singers look forward to spring season

USD’s Chamber Singers looks nothing like it did last year.  Singers are required to wear masks and are divided into four separate groups. The four groups work on their own music along with several combined pieces, Emily Muirhead, choir president said. Combined rehearsals with all four groups are held outside, weather permitting, or in Aalfs […]

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FA Series: Choir adjusts to face to face and virtual classes

With classes being delivered in hybrid and online format in addition to some face-to-face classes, the music department is adjusting to the changes in place this semester, specifically those in the realm of vocal music. Bruce Kelley, Interim Dean of the College Fine Arts, said because singing is an efficient way to spread the virus, […]

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Senior singers reflect after Spring Choral Showcase

On Sunday afternoon, USD’s choirs started off on the right note with their annual Spring Choral Showcase. Families, friends and community members gathered in Aalfs auditorium to hear the vocal talent of the USD Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s and Women’s Chorus and the High Howlers. For the seniors in these choirs, this was one […]

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