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USD Chamber Singers release ‘Yours in Song’

VERMILLION, S.D. (KELO AM) -- The University of South Dakota’s Chamber Singers have released “Yours in Song,” a collection of 15 live performances from four concerts since 2010.

“Yours in Song” is the first CD released in four years by the Chamber Singers, a highly select chamber ensemble comprised of undergraduate and graduate music majors and other select members of the university community. The CD contains live recordings from the Chamber Singers’ spring concert performances. All 15 tracks for the CD were chosen by David Holdhusen, Ph.D., director of choral activities at USD.

“I’m very happy with ‘Yours in Song’ and I think audiences will really enjoy the music,” Holdhusen said. “The Chamber Singers have come a long ways since the release of the ensemble’s last CD, ‘Nature’s Witness’ (in 2009), so I’m excited to share the growth of the choir.”

While previous CDs from the ensemble were self-published, “Yours in Song” was released under the Con Brio Recordings record label and can be purchased for $15 online at www.amazon.com or iTunes. “Yours in Song” is also available locally through the USD Department of Music (www.usd.edu/music), at Davis Pharmacy or the Nook n’ Cranny in Vermillion.

“It was very difficult to pare the selections down to just 15 songs,” added Holdhusen, who noted that for the third consecutive year the Chamber Singers have been named as finalists in The American Prize, a nonprofit, national competition founded in 2009 to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States. “There are many recordings I wanted people to hear, so it was very difficult to determine which selections belonged on the CD. In the end, though, I think we got it right and audiences will enjoy ‘Yours in Song.’”

Local audiences will be able to see the Chamber Singers live at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Aalfs Auditorium. The concert will include a “reunion” choir of Chamber Singers alums and a performance from this year’s ensemble. For more information about the Chamber Singers, please visit: www.usd.edu/music.