An angelic sound in a reverential place. These voices, from all across the country, have come together to form South Dakota Chorale.
"For this to have started here has just been a gift from heaven for people like me who could do this all day long," said soprano Deanna Wehrspann.
For the past four years this professional choir has been amazing its audiences.
"I always look forward to this opportunity come January, the beginning of the year. What a great way to start the year with energized people that are passionate about singing and working together and knowing we're a part of something bigger than ourselves," said bass Brandon Hendrickson.
The South Dakota Chorale was Brian Schmidt's idea. Now the Assistant Conductor at Duke Chapel, Schmidt says the Chorale's members sing with power and conviction.
"We do it to tell a story, to put somebody in a place where they can connect with something in their life that needs connecting with or where they can just be filled with joy," said Schmidt.
The Chorale will perform in Sioux Falls and Brookings this week. This year's concert will feature the work of Bach and the choirs of Lincoln and Brookings High Schools.
"We were all in that place at one time where we had a moment where we heard a choir, we heard a singer and we thought that's what I want to do," said Schmidt. "That's what I want to do!"
Tickets to see the South Dakota Chorale are $15 for adults, $5 for children. Tickets for Thursday evening's concert at the St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls can be purchased in advance at http://bachandbeyond.eventbrite.com/. Tickets for Friday night's concert at the SDSU Performing Arts Center in Brookings can be purchased at the door.