Symphony Chorus


Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019 | 5 pm – 7 pm 
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2019 | 5 pm – 7 pm 

To sign up for an audition on one of the given dates, please contact our chorus administrator, Nikki Norland at 218-355-8888 or [email protected].

At the audition, you will be asked to fill out a short form listing your choral and musical experiences. Auditions last approximately 10 minutes and consist of a series of vocal exercises done under the director of chorusmaster, Richard Robbins. You do not need to prepare anything in advance. Notification of results will be provided within a week of the audition.

About the Chorus

Dr. Richard Robbins, chorusmaster
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 [email protected].


About the Chorusmaster

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.