Over 1,000 of South Dakota's best high school vocal and instrumental musicians will gather in Rapid City for the 63rd Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday October 30-31.
The annual All-State Chorus & Orchestra, co-sponsored by South Dakota High School Activities Association and the South Dakota Music Educators Association, is the largest interscholastic high school music activity held in South Dakota. The 2015 All-State Chorus includes 956 singers representing 151 South Dakota high schools. The All-State Orchestra is comprised of 155 musicians from 30 schools.
The guest conductors for the 2015 All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert are Dr. Peter Eklund from University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Dr. David MacKenzie from Hilo, Hi. Dr. Eklund will conduct the All-State Chorus while Dr. MacKenzie will lead the 2015 All-State Orchestra.
During the All-State Grand Concert, the South Dakota Music Educators Association will recognize several high schools and individuals for their contributions to music in South Dakota.
The All-State activities will culminate with a Grand Concert at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City beginning at 7:00 p.m. (MT) on Saturday evening, October 31. This event will be televised live on SDPB TV and will also be streamed live on the Chorus and Orchestra website.
Concert tickets can be purchased at www.gotmine.com, by calling 1-800-468-6463, or at the box office in the Rushmore Plaza. The doors of the Barnett Arena will open for the Concert at 5:30 on Saturday evening.