Choir to Perform Home Concert to Complete 2011 Interim Tour

Event Details

Date: February 5, 2011

Times: 2:00 p.m.

Location: First Lutheran Church, 11th Street & Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls

Ticket Info: Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and are available at or by calling 605.274.5320

The Augustana Choir will perform a home concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Tickets are available at

The Choir performed four of its five scheduled concerts (the final concert canceled due to inclement weather) during its 2011 Interim Tour that began Thursday, Jan. 27.

The 72-member Choir performed at the following churches:

  • Bethesda Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa
    7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill.
    7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, Chicago, Ill.
    3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis.
    9 a.m. worship service and 3 p.m. concert, Sunday, Jan. 30
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minn.
    CANCELLED due to inclement weather (was to be 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31)

Tour concerts are presented at no charge. A free-will offering was taken.

The Augustana Choir is directed by Dr. James Johnson, head of choral music at Augustana.

Johnson came to Augustana in 1992 from the Boston University School for the Arts, where he was head of choral conducting and choral music education. He has also taught at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., and at high schools in Minnesota and Iowa.

Choral ensembles directed by Dr. Johnson have appeared at various conventions for the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Director Association. In 1991, his Concert Choir was part of the centennial celebrations of Carnegie Hall and the bicentennial of Mozart’s death, performing the Requiem Mass. His chamber singers and concert choirs have received invitations to perform at state functions in England, Ireland, Poland, France and Austria.

Dr. Johnson began his choral studies with Weston Noble at Luther College. After graduating magna cum laude with majors in vocal music and history, he received a Master of Music degree in choral conduction from the University of Tennessee. At Tennessee, he studied with Donald Neuen, currently the director of choral activities at UCLA. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois, where he studied philosophy, choral and orchestral conducting and music education.

He has taught various courses, including applied voice; music history of the medieval, renaissance, rococo and modern periods; choral conducting and methods; vocal pedagogy; vocal and choral literature and aesthetic philosophy.

Guest conducting appearances by Dr. Johnson include state and regional festivals in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. He routinely offers clinics for public school teachers at Music Educators and American Choral Directors conventions.

In the area of music research, Dr. Johnson is cataloging the collected papers and works of philosopher S.K. Langer for the Houghton Archives of Harvard University.

Dr. Johnson’s professional affiliations include: The American Choral Director’s Association; Conductor’s Guild; Council for Research in Music Education; International Federation of Choral Music; and the Music Educator’s National Conference. Honorary societal memberships include: Pi Kappa Lambda in Music, Phi Delta Kappa in Education and Phi Alpha Theta in History.

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