Symphony Chorus



September 6 & 7, 2016

Join the Symphony Chorus for this exciting season, including Mozart’s famous Requiem, and the epic Mahler Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”).

Schedule your DSSO Symphony Chorus audition today by contacting Nikki Norland, chorus administrator, at (or by phone at 218-355-8888).

The Symphony Chorus rehearses at 7 pm on Mondays at the UMD campus.  Rehearsals for this season start September 12.


About the Chorus

Dr. Richard Robbins, chorusmaster
Dr. Sarah Ludwig,  assistant chorusmaster
Dr. Beth Gilbertrehearsal pianist
Nikki Norland, chorus administrator

The DSSO Symphony Chorus has a long and distinguished history of performances, stretching back to its founding in 1959.

This chorus of dedicated volunteers appears regularly with the DSSO in presentations of choral-orchestral masterworks, operas, and pops concerts.

Through the years, the DSSO Symphony Chorus has sung such beloved choral masterworks as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”), Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Messiah, and more.

New members are welcome.  Auditions occur each fall and spring, and rehearsals are held Monday evenings on the UMD campus.  For audition dates and requirements, please contact Nikki Kohlmeier, chorus administrator, at (or by phone at 218-355-8888).


About the Chorusmaster

Dr. Richard Robbins is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he teaches courses in choral music, music education methods, counterpoint, and aural skills. While working in Houston, he served as the assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony Chorus, with whom he collaborated in over 50 performances. He has prepared choruses for some of the world’s best-known musicians, including Christoph Eschenbach, Ermanno Florio, Hans Graf, Joan Glover, Bernard Labadie, Klaus Peter Flor, Michael Krajewski, Stephen Cleobury, and Robert Franz.

We are thrilled to announce that not only did we meet our Heritage Fund campaign goal of $500k, but we surpassed it by almost $10k!