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School of Fine Arts


Dr. Robert Vodnoy, Associate Professor of Music;

Director of University/Civic Symphony, Strings, String Pedagogy and Literature, Music History

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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Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony
Pursue Your Passion for Music!

The 50-member Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony (AUCS) performs 3 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.  
2013-14 Season:
Musical Voyages

Flights of the Imagination
The 2013-2014 season "MUSICAL VOYAGES" opens on Saturday, Nov. 16, with a program titled Flights of the Imagination, featuring pianist Miho Sasaki performing the South Dakota premiere of Michael Schelle’s Wright Flight.
Musical Adventures
The winter concert, on Saturday, March 1 (Musical Adventures) featuring the internationally acclaimed violinist Stephanie Chase performing Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto in E-Minor.
Medieval Journeys
The season concludes on Sunday, April 27, with Medieval Journeys featuring the 125-voice NSU Concert Choir performing one of the greatest choral works of the 20th century: Carl Orff’s Carmina burana.
Holiday, musical performances
The orchestra will also perform on the HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA concert in December, and members of the orchestra will form the pit orchestra for the spring musical LES MISÉRABLES.
AUCS Information
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


2013-2014 Schedule and Syllabus


Musical Voyages (Powerpoint)








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