For those interested in the South Dakota choral music scene

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Dr. David DeHoogh-Kliewer is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Sioux Falls where he teaches

courses in conducting, music theory, music education, and conducts the Concert Chorale, the Singing Camerata chamber singers, the University

Singers contemporary a cappella ensemble, and the Collegiate Choir. He received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the

University of Kansas where he studied conducting with Dr. Paul Tucker, a Master’s degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of South

Dakota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Education from Bethel College (Kansas). Under David’s direction, the University of Sioux Falls

Concert Chorale has enjoyed performing throughout the United States and Europe, including recent performances in Notre Dame in Paris, Venice’s

St. Mark’s Basilica, various venues in Belgium and the Netherlands, and a special performance for the Pope in Vatican City. Under his direction,

the Singing Camerata chamber singers have toured in Budapest, Vienna, and Prague and continue the strong tradition of celebrating the annual

Madrigal Dinners every December as they have since 1963.

An important element of Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer’s choral tour itineraries is service. In alignment with the University’s motto, Culture for Service,

members of the Concert Chorale and Singing Camerata have served at the Open Door Mission in Omaha, Habitat for Humanity and Food Bank of

the Rockies in Denver, performed for children at the Colorado Children’s Hospital, and have served various orphanages, homeless shelters, the

South Dakota Penitentiary, children’s hospitals and retirement centers regionally and in Europe.

Prior to joining the faculty at USF, Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer taught elementary general music, middle school vocal music, and conducted high school

choirs for eleven years, leading tours to Washington, D.C., New York City, Denver, and San Francisco. David’s choirs have received state, regional,

and national invitations and have performed at various music conventions. Prior to teaching in South Dakota, he was a music educator in Colorado

teaching all levels, kindergarten through senior high. David has served as a guest clinician and adjudicator for various musical events and contests

and enjoys conducting choral festivals for all ages. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving as the South

Dakota chairperson for College and University Choirs. At USF, he facilitates the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education

(NAfME) and performs locally as a baritone soloist. David conducts the adult choir at First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, as choral professors from

USF have during the last century. He is married to Michelle, a counselor at USF, and they have two daughters, Hannah and Emma. In addition to

making music, he enjoys family time, history, sports, and travel.

Dr. David DeHoogh-Kliewer

Associate Professor of Music

Director of Choral Activities

University of Sioux Falls

1101 West 22nd

Sioux Falls, SD 57105


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