St. Cecilia’s Day Concert

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 7:30pm

SDSM&T Music Center

November 22, the feast day of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, has traditionally been an occasion for musical concerts and festivals. Among the poets that have written poems in honor of St. Cecilia’s Day are John Dryden, Alexander Pope and W. H. Auden. Hundreds of composers, including Henry Purcell, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, George Frideric Handel, Charles Gounod, and Benjamin Britten have composed music to be used for these annual celebrations.


I - University Orchestra

    Tammy Schnittgrund

II - Brass Choir

     James D. Feiszli

III - Rosters

I - University Orchestra

Eight Little Preludes and Fugues:  #1 C Major

Johann Sebastian Bach

Kalmus Orchestra Library: A 1004

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach in March 1685, the eighth child of Johann Ambrosius. At the age of 14, Bach was awarded a choral scholarship to study at St. Michaels’ School in Luneburg. In 1706, Bach was offered the post of organist at St. Blasius’s in Mühlhausen, beginning a long career in music. Bach was best known as an organist, organ consultant, and a composer of organ works. His organ works consisted of preludes, fantasias, toccatas, fugues, and chorale preludes. The Eight Organ Preludes and Fugues were once believed to have been composed by one of Bach’s pupils, Johann Tobias Krebs. This collection was for keyboard and pedal. The Eight Organ Preludes and Fugues continue to be performed because of their short length. These works have elements of rolling of large chords, octave doublings, and repeated notes as well as the patterns of movement for fingers and feet.

Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Edvard Grieg

Luck’s Music Library: 05679


Sarabande – Cello: Noah Brubaker


Air - Cello: Monica Burgess

Rigaudon - Violin: Emily Iverson, Viola: Rebekah Benn

Edvard Grieg was born on June 15, 1843, in Bergen, Norway. He learned piano from his mother at the age of 6, and was attending the Leipzig Conservatory at 15.  He made his debut as a concert pianist in Sweden in 1861.  After surviving a life-threatening lung disease in 1860, Grieg spent the rest of his life with a destroyed left lung, and eventually died in 1907 at the age of 64.  Grieg wrote the Holberg Suite, originally for piano, in 1884. It was adapted for string orchestra a year later. Written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish-Norwegian humanist playwright Ludvig Holberg, the five sections of this suite are meant to resemble the dance suites that might have been heard in Holberg’s time.

Molly On The Shore

Percy Aldridge Grainger

Luck’s Music Library: 01549

Percy Grainger (1882-1961) was an Australian-born composer and pianist who studied in Europe but became a U.S. citizen in 1918. He played a prominent role in the revival of British folk music in the early 20th century. Molly on the Shore is an arrangement of two contrasting Irish reels, Temple Hill and Molly on the Shore that presents the melodies in a variety of textures and orchestrations. Written in 1907 by Grainger as a birthday gift for his mother, it was originally composed for string orchestra.

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II - Brass Choir

Three Dances

Tielman Susato

Robert King Music, 1955

Susato (c.1515-1567) appears in various Antwerp archives around 1530 working as a calligrapher and an instrumentalist. In 1543, he founded the first music publishing house using movable music type in the Netherlands. This music is from Susato’s 1551 publication Het derde musyck boexken..., composed of pieces in simple dance forms.
Saltarelle – A lively triple meter dance,  the saltarelle was named for its peculiar leaping step, after the Italian verb “saltare” (to jump).
Pavane – The pavane is a slow processional dance common in Europe during the 16th century.
Ronde - Old records mention a closed ring dance in which the leader and some others in the chain carry bouquets of flowers. These dances could be for men or women, or both. A long chain was formed, with the leader singing the verses and setting the time while the other dancers joined in the chorus.

The Earl of Oxford March

William Byrd

Musikhaus Publications: BC003, 2013

Byrd (1543-1623) was a protégé of the composer Thomas Tallis, with whom he shared an exclusive 21-year patent for printing music. Considered the greatest composer of the English Renaissance, Byrd was employed full time as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, the group of twenty-four male singers and organists charged with providing church music for the royal household. Edward de Vere (1550–1604), Earl of Oxford, was Queen Elizabeth's favorite at Court and Byrd’s patron. Byrd probably composed the march in honor of Oxford, either in response to a specific request or in gratitude for his patronage. It is military in character, and many of the passages sound like trumpet calls or drum beats.

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Music for Queen Mary

Henry Purcell

Robert King Music, 1956

Purcell (1659-1695) was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal until his voice broke in 1673. Purcell studied under Dr. John Blow, organist of Westminster Abbey, and succeeded Blow upon that musician’s retirement in 1679. Incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.
Music for Queen Mary, was composed by Purcell in 1695 for the funeral of Queen Mary II of England; spouse and joint sovereign of England with her husband William of Orange (William III). Parts of the piece were performed again at Purcell's own funeral in November of the same year. Originally a choral anthem sung as a petition for mercy for one’s sins, the chordal Thou Knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts is followed by the Canzona, an instrumental piece in a polyphonic style.



James Erb

transcribed for brass by James D. Feiszli

Musikhaus Publications: BC004, 2013

James Erb (1926 - ) was a professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia for many years.  His arrangement for chorus of the famous American folksong Shenandoah has been widely performed by choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Feiszli’s transcription for brass choir features trombone soloist Peter Baudhuin and our trumpet section.


Mic Check

Imogen Heap

transcribed for brass by James D. Feiszli

Musikhaus Publications: BC005, 2013

Imogen Heap is a Grammy-nominated pop artist whose eclectic style stretches from techno-dance to acoustic live performance on any number of instruments utilizing an incredible array of vocal styles. Mic Check is a textless, all-vocal piece using scat singing techniques which transcribes very well for brass.


Benediction from The Sacred Service

Ernest Bloch

arranged by James D. Feiszli

Musikhaus Publications: SDSMT001, 2013

Bloch, born in Geneva, Switerland in 1880, began playing the violin at age 9. He studied music in Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, and Geneva before settling in the United States in 1916, taking American citizenship in 1924. He taught at various universities across the United States, retiring in 1952. He died in Portland, Oregon at the age of 78.
Though raised in a Jewish household, Bloch only began to think of himself as a Jew as an adult. He had the first germ of the idea for Avodath Hakodesh (the Sacred Service) in 1911. In one of his composition notebooks of the period, he wrote down a six-note motif—G-A-C-B-A-G—which ultimately came to permeate the entire piece. The work premiered in 1934. Originally composed for large chorus, solo cantor, and orchestra, this arrangement was created for the inauguration of SDSM&T president Dr. Heather Wilson.

Master Chorale

Alexander Bachwich / ME ‘14 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Paul Blasi / CSc ‘15 / Spearfish, South Dakota

Hunter Feltman / CEng ‘14 / New Richmond, WI

Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffield / M.S. CEE / McCook, NE

Beth Pierce / ME ‘15 / Colorado Springs, CO

Gina Rossi / CEE ‘16 / Pueblo, CO

Benjamin Ruege / CheE ‘13 / Great Falls, MT

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University Orchestra


Andrea-Marie Babbs / IEEM ‘15 / Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Julian Brackins / CSc ‘15 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Rachel Caesar / CE ‘17 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Samuel Carroll / CSc ‘14 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Dani Doorn / GeoE ‘16 / Rapid City, South Dakota

* Emily Iverson / CheE ‘16 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Mary Kellogg / Community

Justin King / ME ‘16 / Viola, CA

Alex Olson / CheE ‘17 / Casper, WY

Elaine Petry / Chem ‘15 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Ann Reams / Community

Aaron Spies / ME ‘16 / Watertown, South Dakota

Andrea Strain / CheE ‘14 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Brandon Westergaard / EE ‘15 / Rapid City, South Dakota


Rebekah Benn / Geol ‘16 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Thomas Klock / Community

Claire Peavey / CheE ‘17 / Plymouth, MN

Maribeth Price / Faculty


Noah Brubaker / ME ‘16 / Lincoln, NE

Monica Burgess / community

Tara Flynn / community

Amanda LaVake / community

Kara Vogel / IE ‘17 / Watertown, South Dakota


Jonathan Dixon / CSc ‘15 / Rapid City, South Dakota

Tim Krause / ME ‘13 / Harmony, PA

David Ross / ME ‘16 / Sioux Falls, South Dakota


* Concertmaster

Brass Choir


Therese Frels / Phys ‘17 / Guthrie Center, IA

Christopher Kolegraff / CEng ‘17 / Jamul, CA

Zachary Kroehler / ME ‘15 / Henderson, MN


Adelyn Crabtree / CheE ‘16 / Pierre, South Dakota

Bennett Prosser / ME ‘15 / Sturgis, South Dakota


Peter Baudhuin / CEE ‘15 / Winona, MN

Jacob Swanson / ME ‘17 / Whitefish Bay, WI

Matthew Huber / Chem-CheE ‘15 / Canton, South Dakota


Dallas Harder-Heinz / CheE ‘15 / Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Jaysen Spurlock / CSc ‘15 / Spearfish, South Dakota


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Tammy Schnittgrund

graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from the University of Montana with a Master of Arts in Fine Arts.  In 1996, she accepted a position in the Rapid City School District, teaching elementary and middle school orchestra.  She is a past member of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, serving as Principle Second Violin, and is a current member of the Symphony String Quartet.  In 2009, Ms. Schnittgrund accepted the position of Director of Orchestra at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota.  She has served as President of the South Dakota String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) and Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Rapid City Diocese chapter of National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). A current member of NPM’s Standing Committee of Cantors, Ms. Schnittgrund serves as a cantor and the assistant director of Chorus Angelorum at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Rapid City and is the national administrator of the Intermediate Cantor Certificate (ICC). 

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James D. Feiszli

In his thirty-first year as Director of Music Activities and Professor of Humanities, Feiszli holds degrees from the University of Mount Union,  the University of Akron, and Arizona State University. Dr. Feiszli created and established the music curriculum at SDSM&T and continues to guide its path. Ensembles under Feiszli’s direction have won awards and accolades in their performances throughout the U.S and Europe. Dr. Feiszli founded and directed ChoralNet, the communications arm of the American Choral Directors Association for nineteen years and also founded ACDA’s International Choral Exchange Program. He is a member of the College Music Society, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the International Federation for Choral Music, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.

Dr. Feiszli is the recipient of SDSM&T’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor, the Rushmore Honors Award by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lifetime Achievement Award from South Dakota ACDA, and has recently been named the 2013 Professor of the Year for South Dakota by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.