Concert Choir Places First in International Competition

May 22, 2012

The North Dakota State University Concert Choir, under the direction of University Distinguished Professor Dr. Jo Ann Miller, placed first in the mixed choir division of the 8th International Choir Competition in Zadar, Croatia, May 17-20.  They performed Chanson on “Dessus le marché d’Arras” by Orlando di Lasso, When Music Sounds by Nancy Hill Cobb, and Magnificat by Arvo Pärt in addition to a piece by a Croatian composer and an American Spiritual.  Twelve other mixed choirs from Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Macedonia, and Bulgaria participated in the competition.

The North Dakota State University Concert Choir is a select ensemble with a long tradition of performing high quality literature at the highest artistic level.  The choir performs a variety of standard repertoire from the Renaissance through contemporary times, and regularly performs choral/orchestral works during the NDSU Baroque Festival and with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. 

The choir has been invited to perform at regional and national American Choral Director’s Association and Music Educators National Conference conventions – a total of nine since 1990.  They have produced over 30 recordings and premiered several new works, most recently Leaves by Dale Warland and When Music Sounds by Nancy Hill Cobb.  The choir tours regionally every spring and overseas every three years.  Currently, the choir is touring in Croatia and Italy.

To learn more about the NDSU Concert Choir European Tour, follow their blog at

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