Choral Ensemble Auditions

Members of the Angelus Choir

There are three choirs at Augustana, and all are open to freshmen through seniors via audition. All three ensembles are known for the quality of their performances, and for the fun and camaraderie that is a hallmark of the choral tradition! Regardless of which group you wish to join, the audition process is the same. Following the audition period, the choral faculties build their ensembles; you will be placed in the ensemble that can most benefit by your participation.

The Choral ensembles appear together throughout the year, as well as separately in concerts, chapel appearances, celebrations and Christmas Vespers. The Vespers program will be "on the road" for the fourth time this year, as we head to Minneapolis, MN on December 18. All choral students will be expected to be a part of this exciting opportunity!

  • The Augustana Choir has a rich history spanning more than 90 years. Dr. Paul Nesheim, is the fifth conductor in the history of the group.  Under Dr. Nesheim's direction, the Augustana Choir brings sacred choral music of the highest caliber to people around the region, nation, and world. The Choir meets Monday through Thursday from 3:55 until 5:10 p.m. The Chamber Choir is a highly selective sub-set of the Augustana Choir. They are directed by Dr. Nesheim, as well, and feature music of all styles, ranging from Renaissance motets to modern vocal jazz.
  • Angelus is the name of our women's choral ensemble. Dr. Lisa Grevlos conducts Angelus, a group designed to give voice to the great variety of music written for women's voices. They perform works ranging from the 11th-century chants to compositions by Vivaldi and Brahms, to new works by American and international composers. Angelus is a unique resource in the Sioux Falls area. This sixty-member ensemble is committed to giving concerts of the highest musical excellence. Angelus rehearses Monday,  Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
  • The Collegiate Chorale is conducted by Dr. Russell Svenningsen. In addition to performing in the department choral events, the ensemble is featured in weekly Chapel services as well as in their own springtime concert event. The Chorale joins the Augustana Choir, Angelus and the Orchestra in the annual Christmas Vespers performances. The Collegiate Chorale rehearses Monday,  Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.

We invite your audition to become a member of one of our choral ensembles! The audition process consists of seven minutes of tonal memory, range exploration, accompanied sight-singing, and the singing of a familiar song, such as "Silent Night" or "My Country 'Tis of Thee". No prepared solo is required. Dr.'s Nesheim, Grevlos and Svenningsen are present for each audition.

To audition, please go to the music wing of the Humanities Building and sign up for an available time on the audition sheets that will be posted on the door of Humanities #136 (Dr. Nesheim's office). Auditions will be held in Humanities #173 (Choir Room) of the Humanities Building at the following times:


Monday, August 31

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.   

Tuesday, September 1

2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 2

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 3

9:30 a.m.-Noon

Please be sure to complete and print THREE COPIES of this AUDITION FORM and bring them with you to your audition.

After the completion of individual auditions, some students will be invited to a recall audition for The Augustana Choir. These auditions will be held on Thursday, September 3 in Humanities #173 at the following times:


Bass       3:55 p.m.

Tenor      4:15 p.m.

Alto 2      4:35 p.m.

Alto 1      8:00 p.m.

Soprano 2      8:25 p.m.

Soprano 1      8:50 p.m.

Returning members of The Augustana Choir do not need to do an individual audition this fall, but they are required to be present at the recall audition for their section.

Please contact Dr. Nesheim (605.274.5402,, Dr. Svenningsen (605.274.5038,, or Dr. Grevlos (605.274.5457, if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you — and to hearing your audition!