April 12: Collegiate Chorale Concert

Event Details

Date: April 11, 2014

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Chapel of Reconciliation, Augustana Campus

Ticket Info: $10 for adults | $5 for seniors | Free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID | www.augietickets.com

The 35-member Collegiate Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Russell Svenningsen, will perform their annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Chapel of Reconciliation on the Augustana campus.

Selections to be performed include:

  • “Music, Spread Thy Voice Around,” from "Solomon," by G.F. Handel
  • "The Peace of God," by John Rutter
  • "When David Heard," by Thomas Tomkins
  • "Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred?" text from "The Merchant of Venice," by Matthew Harris
  • "May Your Voice Be At Peace," by Deanna Wehrspann

Wehrspann is a local composer, singer and pianist.  A 1980 graduate of Augustana, her choral work, "May Your Voice be at Peace," is published by Augusburg Fortress.  She also serves as the accompanist for the Collegiate Chorale.

Members of the Collegiate Chorale will join those of Angelus, Augustana’s women’s choir, in a May appearance at Lincoln Center in New York City.  They will participate in the debut performance of Robert Harris' "Gloria" as part of the DCINY Concert Series in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, May 10, in New York City.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and are free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available at www.augietickets.com.

Student Performers are:


  • Claire Avery, '17, Sioux Falls
  • Anna Bruflat, '16, Sioux Falls
  • Camille Christian, '15, Kiester, Minn.
  • Amanda Grav, '16, Austin Minn.
  • Ali Hefner, '16, Sioux Falls
  • Sarah Larimer, '15, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Abby Lauer, '16, Sioux Falls
  • Natalie LeVan, '17, Tea, S.D.
  • Miranda Miller, '17, Sioux Falls
  • Ali Ramsley, '14, Wells, Minn.
  • Megan Raposa, '15, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Beth Schleusener, '16, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Kendall Surratt, '17, Blue Earth, Minn.
  • Mariya Swella, '14, Yucca Valley, Calif.


  • Kaitlin Carlon, '16, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Abby DeGroot, '15, Leota, Minn.
  • Alexandra Hjerpe, '14, Hutchinson, Minn.
  • Kiri Jacobsen, '17, Sioux Falls
  • Alexis Johnson, '15, Mitchell, S.D.
  • Katelynn Kenney, '14, Box Elder, S.D.
  • Abby Munkvold, '17, Tea, S.D.
  • Rachel Nevin, '17, Sioux Falls
  • Becca Toso, '17, Canton, S.D.
  • Anu Uranchimeg, '17, Mongolia


  • Travis Clark, '15, Box Elder, S.D.
  • Cameron McCue, '17, Caldwell, Idaho
  • Andrés Morales, '17, Quito, Ecuador
  • Jesse Nelson, '16, Milbank, S.D.


  • Jake Connealy, '16, Chaska, Minn.
  • Brian Hovland, '17, Highmore, S.D.
  • Jordan Kerkvliet, '15, Larchwood, Iowa
  • Taylor Olson, '14, Harrisburg, S.D.
  • Reid Rasmussen, '15, Hurley, S.D.
  • Kyle Wendland, '17, Round Lake, Minn.
  • Eli Yackel-Juleen, '17, Windom, Minn.

About the conductor:

Dr. Russell Svenningsen is Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana College, where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale, teaches music theory, and has a studio of voice students. Svenningsen holds an M.M., 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. 

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 2014 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 twenty-third year, where he was privileged to hear and work with twenty-four choirs from five states.

Svenningsen was named the Augustana Student Association’s “2012-2013 Faculty Recognition Award,” which recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana community by a faculty member.