"VikeSing" Choral Festival
For some 58 years, Augustana College has been home to the very popular Augustana Band Festival. Literally thousands of students and scores of high schools from the four-state area have participated in that event through the years.
Now a new festival tradition has begun at Augustana. Dr. Paul Nesheim, conductor of The Augustana Choir, is pleased to announce the 2016 "VikeSing" Choral Festival for choral students and conductors. The festival will take place January 15-16 on the Augustana campus in Sioux Falls.
The festival is open to students in grades 9-12 who are currently members of one of their school choirs. The goal of the festival is that the students who attend will have a choral music experience that is fulfilling, educational, and motivating, and that they will bring the knowledge they have gained and a heightened enthusiasm back home to benefit your entire program.
Festival participants will rehearse together for two days in a massed choir that will focus on vocal technique, ensemble awareness, and musical expression, all in preparation for the choir’s performance at our grand finale concert on Saturday afternoon. Also appearing on the closing concert will be The Augustana Choir and the Sioux Falls Lincoln High School Concert Choir under the direction of Linda Conrad.
Dr. Nesheim's colleagues (Dr. Russell Svenningsen and Dr. Lisa Grevlos) will join him in conducting the festival choir and will also collaborate to present a brief workshop to directors on a topic of interest. If there is a topic that you would find particularly useful to have addressed in the workshop, please include your suggestion on the registration form.
The cost to participate in the VikeSing Festival is $40 per student, which includes dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday in the Ordal Dining Room at Augustana. There is no charge for participating directors/conductors.
For no additional charge, festival choir members may choose to stay in campus dorm rooms as the guests of students who are members of one of the Augustana choirs. Students choosing this option should bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, towel, washcloth, and toiletries.
For directors and for students choosing to stay in a hotel, view the hotels offering discounts to people who are visiting Augustana.
The 2016 Schedule is now online.
In order to ensure a balanced massed choir, singers should be registered in quartets only (SATB). An unlimited number of quartets may register from each school. Return registration forms and fees to the address on the registration form. Here is the Registration Form.
Please let one of us know if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the "VikeSing" High School Choral Festival at Augustana College!
Dr. Paul Nesheim, Conductor of The Augustana Choir
Dr. Lisa Grevlos, Conductor of Angelus
Dr. Russell Svenningsen, Conductor of the Collegiate Chorale