Sioux Falls, SD
John Pollmann Chosen as New Concductor
|September, 2019 - With Terry Walter's retirement, we welcome John
Pollmann as our new conductor. He has a wealth of experience to draw
from as he steps into this new role. He
graduated Augustana College with a degree in music education, and taught
middle and high school music in SD, for 7 years before accepting a
graduate assistantship at Northern Arizona University. While at NAU, he conducted the Freshmen Men's Chorus and assisted with
the Shrine of the Ages Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Master Chorale of
Flagstaff. In preparing choirs for concerts, he has conducted major
works such as Mozart's Requiem and Britten's War Requiem.
You can read more about him in his Member Spotlight here.
Minnehaha Mandskor Releases First CD
January 2015 - We are so happy to
announce that our new CD has arrived. Entitled 'Cry Out And Shout',
the album includes 15 of our favorite songs. It was recorded last fall
in the chapel at Dow Rummel Village and we now have it available for
your listening pleasure. We will have it available wherever we are
singing or you can purchase a copy by contacting:
Cry Out And Shout
Bless This House
The Lost Chord
On My Way To Jordan
Fader i himlen
How Great Thou Art!
We're The Men
It Is Well With My Soul
Hallelujah, By and By
God Bless America
PRESIDENT MARLAN VELGERSDYK ELECTED AS NEW NSAA PRESIDENT
Delegates to the business meeting of the Norwegian Singers Association of America on June 14, 2014 honored the nomination by the Minnehaha Mandskor of Marlan Velgersdyk and elected him as the new NSAA President.
| Marlan was born at Hull IA, youngest of four
sons. His father immigrated from Rotterdam in The Netherlands in 1909,
while his mother was a farm girl from Northwest Iowa.
Marlan graduated from Hull-Western Christian High School, noted for its sports program, but no music!
His wife, Carol, is from Hospers IA. They have two sons and one daughter, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Marlan joined the Mandskor in 2011. He says, "I'm happy to be part of a Norwegian organization such as NSAA and Mandskor. It promotes quality music and takes responsibility for support of God, family and country."
Marlan retired from full-time employment at the end of July. He says the retirement of a husband is a wife's full-time job.
|Chislic Shack Gets New Trailer
Our chislic shack is on it's new trailer and on the way to the Sioux Empire Fair. Thank you all for working so hard on this project.
Walter elected as associate director
| Terry Walter of Sioux Falls and a
native of Freeman, was recently named the associate director of the
Midwest Norwegian Singer's Association of America. She was elected to
the post at the association's Sangerfest held in Minneapolis, June
12-14. The association consisted of 10 men's choruses from Wisconsin,
Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and South Dakota. As such, she will work with
director in chief Dr. David Judisch, in the planning, programming and
conducting at the next Sangerfest, which will be held in Sioux Falls,
June 9-11, 2016.
Walter accompanied the Minnehaha Mandskor from 1989 to 1996, and has served as its conductor since 1996. She is the director of the Sioux Valley Singers, which consists of the Mandskor, the Nordic Male Chorus from Sioux City, the Grieg Chorus from Canton, and the Norse Glee Club from Sioux Falls. The Sioux Valley Singers will have their Sangerfest in Sioux City, in June of 2015.