Canceled: Augustana Choir on Tour

Event Details

Date: March 7 - March 13, 2020

Ticket Info: These events have now been canceled.


Augustana has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Choir Tour that was scheduled to take place March 7-12 with stops in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. The university is taking this precautionary measure because of the rapidly evolving situation related to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and our deep concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the communities we were so looking forward to visiting as part of this program.

At this time, the Choir’s “Home Concert” at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls on March 20 is still scheduled.

With spring break tour stops in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas, The Augustana Choir will be directed by Dr. Paul Nesheim

The Choir will also perform a home concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Tickets for this concert are available at

The following locations [were] part of the tour:

  • Saturday, March 7 — 7:00 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 S Robert St) in West Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Sunday, March 8 — 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (512 3rd St SW) in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Monday, March 9 — 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, (213 N Pennsylvania Ave) in Mason City, Iowa
  • Tuesday, March 10 — 7:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church (510 N 93rd St) in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Wednesday, March 11 — 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (620 E Armour Blvd) in Kansas City, MO
  • Thursday, March 12 — 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (5601 W 62nd St) in Mission, Kansas

The Augustana Choir's singers bring sacred choral music of the highest caliber to people around the region, nation and world.

About the Conductor

Dr. Paul Nesheim is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music.  He conducts the Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir, and teaches courses in choral conducting, choral methods, voice, and church music. He also serves as the director of the Adult Choir and Women’s Choir at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Dr. Nesheim taught on the faculties of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College in Moorhead, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He has held positions conducting high school, church, and community choirs in South Dakota, Minnesota, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and North Dakota.

Dr. Nesheim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from St. Olaf College, a Master of Music degree in choral music from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and served as term as president of the South Dakota ACDA. He is a frequent adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for contests, professional conferences, and all-state, festival, and honor choirs. He has conducted in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and on two occasions at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Dr. Nesheim is a published composer and the author of Building Beautiful Voices, a book of vocalization methods and materials published by the Roger Dean Publishing Company.