The professional Artists in Residence of the GRAMMY-nominated South Dakota Chorale and Baylor voice faculty contribute to the depth of experience for the Conducting Fellows and Young Artists. The Artists in Residence bring an incredible wealth of performance history and varied career paths as professional opera singers, professional choristers, consort musicians, and university voice teachers. Artists in Residence have sung with Handel & Haydn Society, Carmel Bach Festival, Seraphic Fire, South Dakota Chorale, Houston Chamber Choir, Kinnara Ensemble, Rose Ensemble, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera Southwest, and many more.
In addition to coaching to Young Artists on solo and small ensemble repertoire for the Young Artist Recital, the Artists in Residence sing side-by-side with Young Artists in the masterclass rehearsals to collaboratively teach professional ensemble singing skills first hand.
Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the South Dakota Chorale is a collaborative network of musicians combining the talents of singers locally, regionally, and across the nation. Their mission aims to provide opportunities for local musicians to collaborate with others from around the country, producing world-class performances of choral arts that enrich the lives of local and national audiences through concerts, collaborations, and recordings.
In their nine-year history they have developed educational collaborations with high school choirs, led masterclasses with collegiate singers, partnered with local arts series' to build support and awareness for the choral arts, hosted guest conductors, performed as a featured choir at the 2015 American Choral Directors National Convention and the 2016 Iowa Choral Directors Summer Conference, and released three commercial recordings. Their latest recording, Tyberg Masses, received several nominations for the 2018 GRAMMY awards, including Best Choral Performance, Best Surround Sound, and Best Engineered—Classical.
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