Sangerfest 2017
Spirit of Peace UCC Church, Sioux Falls, SD                                                                  June 10, 2017

Terry Walter directing the Sioux Valley Singers at Sangerfest 2017


    The 50th Biennial Sangerfest of the Sioux Valley Singers was held on June 10, 2017 at Spirit of Peace Lutheran  UCC Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Those who participated in and those who attended the event thoroughly enjoyed the day. The event was hosted by the Norse Glee Club for the four choruses that make up the Sioux Valley Singers. 

              Member choruses are:

                    Grieg Male Chorus                    Canton, SD
                    Minnehaha Mandskor                Sioux Falls, SD
                    Nordic Male Chorus                  Sioux City, IA
                    Norse Glee Club                        Sioux Falls, SD

The Concert Program

National Anthems -
     Ja Vi Elsker
     The Star Spangled Banner
Sangerhilsen E. Grieg
Å Kjöre Vatten, Å Kjöre Ve' Norwegian Folk Song, arr. F. Wick
My Life Flows On R. Lowry, arr. E. Wiebe
Gloria in Excelsis W. A. Mozart

Terry Walter, Director


Sara Thomsen, Vocalist

Be Still, My Soul J. Sibelius, arr. H. E. Singley III
Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl arr. S. Churchill
Brudefærden i Hardanger H. Kjerulf
Vila Vid Denna Källa C. M. Bellman, J.P. Cronhamn
You'll Never Walk Alone R. Rogers, O. Hammerstein II, arr. W. Stickles
Wonderful Grace of Jesus H. Lillenas, arr. L. Shackley
Ardelle Kleinsasser, Piccoloist

Lyle Kroon, Director


Lyle Kroon, Pianist

Steal Away

Traditional Spiritual, arr. B.W. Dennard

Naar Fjordene Blaaner

A. Paulson

Salute to the Patriots

Traditional, arr. Terry Walter

Ardelle Kleinsasser, Piccoloist

Terry Walter, Director

Deanna Wehrspann


See video of the choir performing "Gloria in Excelsis"


The Memorial Service

Welcome David Lien
Song - "Fader I Himlen" arr. Bengt Eriksson
Norse Glee Club
Memorial Address Pastor Nate Hanson
Members Being Remembered: Steve Espeland
     Grieg Chorus - Canton, SD
               No deaths since 2015 Sangerfest
     Minnehaha Mandskor - Sioux Falls, SD
               John Rasmussen
     Nordic Male Chorus - Sioux City, IA
               No deaths since 2015 Sangerfest
     Norse Glee Club - Sioux Falls, SD
               Murial Eliason, Accompanist
               Eugene Johnson
               Robert L. Johnson
               Ingolf Byhron Maurstad
               Marvin G. Nelson
               Lloyd Raanes
Closing Prayer Pastor K. Roger Johnson

Ladies Luncheon

Greetings Kristi Hoff
Table Prayer
The Luncheon
Friendship Margaret Tidemann
Entertainment Intro Judy Regan
Entertainment Vocalist Sara Thomsen

     Sara Thomsen grew up in a family that loved music, a daughter of Elvin and Carol Thomsen. Singing in some capacity was always included at family gatherings. Sara plays the piano, trumpet and guitar, in addition to her beautiful singing voice. A creator of art and music and a promoter of peace, she willingly shares her many gifts with her community. Sara is a well-known singer and songwriter, and since 1995 she has released eight albums.

Closing Judy Regan


Singing the National Anthem

Lyle Kroon directing 'Wonderful Grace of Jesus'

Ardelle Kleinsasser on piccolo and Deanna Wehrspann and Terry Walter on piano

Terry Walter directing 'Salute to the Patriots'

Lyle Kroon playing a beautiful rendition of 'My Tribute'

Sara Thomsen sang a couple of original songs for intermission.

Some Minnehaha Mandskor members enjoying the meal at the Afterglow

Some Minnehaha Mandskor members enjoying the meal at the Afterglow

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