Jackrabbits have been singing both formally and informally on campus since “Professor Parker” organized the first Choral Society in 1881. Over the years, the SDSU choral program has grown to include a full array of activities including a mixed chorus, a men’s chorus, and a women’s chorus. The modern era of the SDSU Choral program came to fruition under the leadership and direction of Robert Wright, Charles Canaan, and Steven Grives. Under their direction, these ensembles toured the great concert halls of Europe, performed for major conferences, and through their performances brought international recognition to the University.
Three choirs currently perform under the direction of today’s choral staff. The directors are recognized for their experience in training and lead young voices in the choral art. A broad knowledge of both the masterworks of the repertoire and new music make SDSU’s Choral ensembles a vibrant arena for young singers to perfect their musical craft. In particular, the SDSU Choir’s biennial Christmasse Madrigal Feastes and annual Yuletide concerts are important University traditions.
Any choral registration may be used to meet the pre-2012 Institutional General Education Requirment #3, or the new Institutional General Education Requirement #2.
The Concert Choir is the SDSU’s select, auditioned, mixed-voice choral ensemble. Depending on the repertoire, the choir ranges from 40 to 60 voices. Concert Choir is comprised of music majors, scholarship recipients, and talented non-majors from across the university.
Known for its committed and engaging performances, the choir has a reputation for rehearsing and performing a wide variety of choral literature – madrigals, motets, choral/orchestral works, world music and contemporary choral music – all at a high level of artistry.
The Concert Choir has been invited to perform at ACDA regional conferences (2008, 2000, 1994), at the SD In-Service Choral Day, and has toured nationally (Denver, New York, Washington D.C.) and internationally (Austria, England, the Netherlands). Recently, the Concert Choir performed at the Inauguration of Governor Dennis Daugaard, “Christmas at the Capitol” in Pierre, and with the combined SDSU choirs in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.
Membership is open by audition to all university students, and meets at noon, Monday through Friday.
The Concert Choir is directed by Dr. Laura Diddle, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music.
The SDSU Statesmen have been recognized as one of the finest collegiate men's choruses in the upper Midwest. The group is open to any interested male singer on campus, regardless of major. Its ranks include students from nearly every academic major on campus.
The Statesmen are heard in the concert hall, at alumni events, and in the Brookings community. They have performed at the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses Seminar and the SD In-Service Choral Day in Brookings. The Statesmen also host the "Festival of Male Voices," an event that brings over 100 high school male singers to campus to work with a nationally-recognized guest conductor.
Membership is open to all male university students, and meets at 3:00 p.m, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Statesmen are directed by Dr. Andrew Robinette, Instructor of Voice.
The Women's Choir is a 130-voice treble ensemble that performs music specifically composed or arranged for female voices. The group is open to any interested female singer on campus, regardless of major. Its ranks include students from nearly every academic major on campus.
The Women’s Choir can be heard in the concert hall, at alumni events, and in the Brookings community. They have performed at the South Dakota and North Central regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. The Women’s Choir also hosts the “Festival of Women’s Voices,” an event that brings over 100 high school female singers to campus to work with a nationally-recognized guest conductor.
Membership is open to all female university students, and meets at 3:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
The Women’s Choir is directed by Dr. Laura Diddle, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music.