"VikeSing" Choral Festival
Welcome to the 2014 VikeSing Choral Festival!
January 10 - 11, 2014
For some 56 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.
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 O’Gorman High School Concert Choir from Sioux Falls, under the direction of Cathy Britton.
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.
We are asking students/schools to supply their own massed choir scores for the festival. Music can be ordered from K & M Music in Sioux Falls at 605-336-6332, or from your favorite music supplier:
- The Earth Shall Rejoice. G. F. Handel, arr. Martin Davidson, SATB, published by Theodore Presser, 392-41483.
- The Cloths of Heaven. Z. Randall Stroope, SATB, published by Aberdeen Music, Inc., 45- 21062.
- Ain-a That Good News. Spiritual, arr. William Dawson, SATB, published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co., T103A.
- Brothers, Sing On. Edvard Grieg, Arr. Howard D. McKinney, TTBB, Alfred Publishing Co., FEC06927.
- Blessing. Katie Moran Bart, SSA, available at no charge by special arrangement with Neil A. Kjos Music Co
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, the hotels listed on the following web page offer discounts to people who are visiting Augustana:
The schedule for this two-day festival may be found here.
In order to insure 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. To register, use this form.
Please let one of us know if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the VikSing High School Choral Festival at Augustana College!