Located in Vermillion SD near the banks of the Missouri River, the University of South Dakota is the state’s flagship liberal arts institution and an academic and research leader in the region since 1862. USD is home to the state’s only law and medical schools as well as the Beacom School of Business and the only College of Fine Arts in the region. USD offers more than 200 undergraduate degrees and has the state’s largest graduate school offering over 75 master’s and doctoral programs. USD matches commitment to academic excellence with the personal attention and welcoming atmosphere necessary for students to succeed. Both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review rank USD among the nation’s best colleges.
The Department of Music at USD seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become professional musicians—performers, educators, scholars, and lifelong learners. Students receive opportunities for musical development, leadership growth, and personal enrichment through mentored performances, classroom study, individual instruction, and guided research. Dedicated and passionate faculty members provide a high quality choral experience grounded in the belief that students must be encouraged and inspired to develop as singers, musicians, and individuals. USD choral ensembles have won numerous national awards and are highly regarded in the state and region, appearing at conventions, touring annually, and presenting concerts both on and off campus. For more information please visit: www.usd.edu/music.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA CHAMBER SINGERS under the direction of DR. DAVID HOLDHUSEN proudly presents LUX AETERNA, a new album of choral works designed to inspire listeners through choral artistry and the passionate interpretation of the music. As its title suggests, this collection employs the power of music to bring light into the lives of listeners. In this world of challenge and personal struggle, we as people often despair of ever finding comfort, hope, and inspiration. The musical performances in LUX AETERNA are a vehicle to evoke feelings and thoughts in order to provide light in times of darkness. Beautifully performed by the elite group of vocalists carefully selected from the university’s student body, the album evokes a variety of musical genres, vocal colors, and historical styles, from Renaissance motets to spirituals and folk songs from around the world, taking listeners on a spiritual journey through life’s tribulations to redemption and ultimately to finding a sense of peace, of light, and of joy. LUX AETERNA is a meditation on universal human themes that listeners will find richly meaningful. The USD Chamber Singers invite you to open your heart and experience the power of this music and join us as we bask in the glow of eternal light.