Symphony Chorus

Richard Robbins, chorus master

Beth Sobczak, chorus accompanist

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 the chorus administrator, Nikki Norland, at


Chorus Master

Dr. Richard Robbins is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, 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.

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