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Commitment to Musical Excellence

The 75 Year History of the Gustavus Choir

Author(s): David Holdhusen

Book Description

The Gustavus Choir has long stood as the premiere choral ensemble on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, USA. It is a tradition-rich group that binds its members across generations. Whether it be singing “Praise to the Lord,” or touring across the country, the choir has developed a lasting place on the choral landscape. Throughout its history, one common element has been a constant for the Gustavus Choir; the ensemble’s commitment to musical excellence.

For seventy-five years, the members of The Gustavus Choir have lifted their voices in beauty and praise from the small campus on top of the hill. This internationally recognized choral ensemble has provided a heritage of choral music that is deeply rooted in the a cappella tradition. Commitment to Musical Excellence: A 75 Year History of The Gustavus Choir documents the development of The Gustavus Choir from the college’s earliest choral activities through the 75th anniversary celebration, noting the influence of F. Melius Christiansen and the Lutheran Choral School. The legacy of each of the choir’s six conductors is chronicled, including an in-depth look into their musical backgrounds and the indelible mark each has left on the choir. The book charts the development of the choir’s touring tradition, providing lists of literature performed and tour itineraries. It also explores the philosophy and mission of The Gustavus Choir, delving into the role of the ensemble within the Gustavus music department, the college, and the global community.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2670-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2670-7
Date of Publication: 01/02/2011
Pages / Size: 270 / A5
Price: £39.99


David Holdhusen is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at The University of South Dakota. Dr Holdhusen is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. He has had research published in numerous scholarly journals and has served in leadership positions for several professional organizations. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform at state and regional festivals and conventions and have won first place and grand champion awards in music festivals throughout the United States.