Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony

Pursue Your Passion for Music!
The 50-member Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony (AUCS) performs three full orchestra concerts per season, plus a fall musical and other concerts. The AUCS provides an exciting and rewarding experience to Northern students and community musicians who are interested in performing great orchestral music.


Dr. Robert Vodnoy became the orchestra€™'s 16th conductor when he joined Northern's faculty in the fall of 2005.



Program Notes for November Concerts with Wesley Baldwin



Membership in the AUCS is through auditions at the beginning of each season. For Northern students, under the new credit guidelines, up to 3 semesters of ensemble credit (MUEN110-310) can be counted toward the Arts & Humanities 6-credit requirement for graduation.



The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony (AUCS) has been a focal point of musical life in Aberdeen for more than a century. It was founded as the Normal Orchestra before 1910 under J.J. Cason, and became a college/community orchestra in 1920 under Howard Elson Goodsell.



The nonprofit "€œFriends of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony€" supports the orchestra and strengthens it as a community resource. For more information, contact Board President Gregg Magera at 605-225-5420. The orchestra receives an Importation of Musicians Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council.



Tickets are available from the Johnson Fine Arts Center Box Office. Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; phone number is 605-626-2900, email nsuboxoffice@northern.edu. The box office opens two hours before show time on performance nights.


For more information about the AUCS or tickets for orchestra concerts, contact the NSU Fine Arts Office at 605-626-2497 or email robert.vodnoy@northern.edu


listen and learn

A Season of Celebration (Powerpoint)


Musical Treasures Concert - Vainement, ma bien aimee. From Edouard Lalo's "Le Roi d'Ys" (YouTube)

AUCS and NSU College Choir - Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs--Antiphon (YouTube)

Professor giving violin lessons
Graduate Assistantships

Two graduate research assistantship positions provide an exciting opportunity for a string player to pursue a graduate degree while teaching and doing research at NSU! Positions offer generous tuition remission and a stipend for up to two years.

Current openings are for:

  • A string player pursuing a graduate degree in education at NSU with emphases in music, ESL, special education or education administration   

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  • A string player pursuing a graduate degree in education at NSU with emphases in music, ESL, special education, education administration, or sport performance and leadership

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