Choirs at SDSU
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.
The Concert Choir is the SDSU’s select, auditioned, mixed-voice choral ensemble. Depending on the repertoire, the choir ranges from 40 to 80 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 (2016, 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, and Spain). Recently, the Concert Choir filmed a National PBS television special with Ethan Bortnik. It has also been selected to perform Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony #8 with the South Dakota Symphony and Chorus.
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.
The Statesmen Men's Chorus
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 have toured Canada, and have performed at the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses Seminar, the South Dakota ACDA, and the South Dakota In-Service Music Conference. 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.
Choralia Women's Chorus
Choralia 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.
Choralia 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. Choralia 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.
Choralia is directed by Dr. Laura Diddle.