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School of Fine Arts


Dr. Robert Vodnoy, Director of University/Civic Symphony 


Johnson Fine Arts Center 109

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2519

Email: Dr. Robert Vodnoy


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Dr. Robert Vodnoy conducts the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony
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.

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

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 “Friends 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 in advance at Engel Music in downtown Aberdeen, and at the box office, which opens one hour before concert time.
For more information about the AUCS or tickets for orchestra concerts, contact the NSU Fine Arts Office at 605-626-2497 or email
AUCS links






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)