Choral and Vocal Faculty

Dr. Monty Barnard

Voice Instructor

Dr. Monty Barnard recently retired as a full-time professor of music after 39 years at Augustana. He continues to teach applied voice for the department. His solo roles in several oratorios and operas include Messiah, Elijah, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Puccini Madame Butterfly, Puccini La Bohême, and Verdi La Traviata. He has performed numerous faculty recitals, a Carnegie Recital Hall debut recital, and was a touring artist with the Goldovsky Opera Theatre. He serves as director of music and baritone soloist at Calvary Cathedral (Episcopal) and Mt. Zion Synagogue, Sioux Falls.

Jeanne Carter

Voice Instructor

Jeanne M. Carter is a voice instructor at Augustana University, and director of music and fine arts at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Nationally certified in piano, she holds membership in Music Teacher National Association, American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Choristers Guild, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She is one of the founders of the Sioux Falls Girls’ Chorale, where she is co-director of the Con Brio choir. She also is the founder and director of the adult community choir Prairie Song. She has a bachelor of arts degree from St. Olaf College, an M.A.T. from Mankato State University and a master of music in vocal performance degree from the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Lisa Grevlos

Director of Vocal Studies and Opera Theatre/Voice Instructor/Vocal Music Education/Choral Conductor

Dr. Lisa Grevlos is associate professor of music and director of vocal studies at Augustana University. She directs the Augustana Opera Workshop Theatre program, conducts the Augustana Women’s Choir — Angelus, and teaches in the areas of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, singer’s diction, and choral music education. Dr. Grevlos performs frequently as a soloist in the region for recitals, operas, oratorios, and musical theatre. She has been a guest soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in “A Night at the Opera,” the Brahms Requiem, and was the featured soprano vocalist with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for 15 years. Recent engagements have included various roles in Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. concerts and opera productions and soprano soloist in the Augustana Choir and Orchestra's performance of the Brahms Requiem at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. She has been a regional finalist and scholarship recipient in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was a semi-finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions.

Along with her duties at Augustana University, she is president of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect South Dakota professional vocal artists in opera, recital, and musical theatre performance with regional audiences. In September 2012, she served as stage director for the Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," starring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Samuel Ramey, accompanied by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Delta David Gier in the Mary Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.  This production recently was awarded second prize in the National Opera Association’s 2012-13 Professional Opera Production Competition.  Dr. Grevlos also serves as a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has served as the high school and collegiate vocal competition chair for South Dakota Music Teachers' Association and currently serves as the soprano adjudicator for South Dakota American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir. She received the Doctorate of Arts degree in voice performance and opera stage directing from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds master of music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, in voice performance and choral conducting, and she completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Augustana University.

Cheryl Koch

Voice Instructor


Cheryl Koch is an applied voice instructor. Prior to teaching at Augustana, she conducted the Sullivan County Community Chorus in New York and the MCC Singers in Miles City, Montana. She served as choir director at the Grahamsville United Methodist Church in New York and as interim director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls. She is active in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and is a past president of the South Dakota Music Teachers Association and Sounds of South Dakota. She served as division chair for the junior level of MTNA competitions, where she organized the competitors from eight states. Her performing credits include leading roles in musicals: Anything Goes; Kiss Me, Kate; Camelot; Hello, Dolly!; Man of La Mancha, and in opera: Carmen and The Devil and Daniel Webster. She holds bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and vocal music education and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Paul Nesheim

Associate Professor of Music and Director of The Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir

Dr. Paul Nesheim, is an associate professor of music at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he conducts the Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir, and teaches courses in choral conducting, choral methods, voice, and church music. He also serves as the director of the Adult Choir and Women’s Choir at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Dr. Nesheim taught on the faculties of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College in Moorhead, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton,Wisconsin, and Northern State University in Aberdeen,South Dakota.He has held positions conducting high school, church, and community choirs in South Dakota, Minnesota, California, Iowa,Wisconsin,Arizona, and North Dakota.

Dr. Nesheim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from St.Olaf College, a Master of Music degree in choral music from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and in July of 2013 he began a term as president-elect of South Dakota ACDA. He is a frequent adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for contests, professional conferences, and all-state festival, and honor choirs. He has conducted in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia, and at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and on two occasions at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Dr. Nesheim is a published composer and the author of Building Beautiful Voices, a book of vocalization methods and materials published by the Roger Dean Publishing Company.

Judith Schreck

Voice Instructor


Judith E. Schreck is a vocal instructor. She has been featured soloist with the South Dakota and Black Hills Symphonies as well as the Reading Symphony in Reading, Pa.; the Tri-Cities Opera Company, the Harper College Alumni Singers and the Tri-Cities Orchestra in Binghamton, N.Y.; and the Allentown Opera in Allentown, Pa. She performed at the Poor Richard Club in Philadelphia and for the Philadelphia Historical Society. She also did several live concerts on New York Cable television. A few of her roles include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Letitia and Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Laurie in Oklahoma, Tuptim and Lady Tiang in The King and I, and Yenta in Fiddler on the Roof. She has also performed as soloist in Carmina Burana and The Lord Nelson Mass. She graduated from Augustana University with a bachelor of arts degree in voice.

Dr. Russell Svenningsen

Vocal Instructor/Choral Director


Dr. Russell Svenningsen is assistant professor of music at Augustana University, where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale, teaches music theory and has a studio of voice students. Russell holds an M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and a B.M., music education, from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.  His D.M.A., music education, was awarded from Boston University where he studied with Dr. Roger Mantie.  His dissertation “This singing: The Norwegian Singers through a Gramscian lens” presents an ethnographic case study of the Norwegian Singers Association of America (also the Pacific Coast or PCNSA) grounded within a conceptual framework constructed from the philosophy and writings of Italian neo-Marxist, Antonio Gramsci.  This research was undertaken so as to contribute to discourses that act upon and within or otherwise influence the development of philosophical, pedagogical and curricular practices where issues of difference are concerned.

An active performer, Svenningsen has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras and opera companies both locally and around the world. Recent performances include: presentations of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise around the Midwest, performances with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and appearances with Sounds of South Dakota, a local opera company. Svenningsen is planning a recital for the fall of 2013 featuring the music of Roger Quilter, Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac.

Svenningsen is also in demand as clinician and guest conductor and regularly travels to work with choirs of many different types around the United States. Most recently, he was a guest artist-in-residence at the Roxbury Choral Invitational, a choral festival in New Jersey now in its 23rd year, where he was privileged to hear and work with 24 choirs from five states.


Russell and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of two children, Anders and Annika.  He is an avid (but terrible) golfer.