2019-2020 AUCS Centennial Celebration
  • William Wieland: Orpheus and Eurydice (World premiere and commission for the Centennial Celebration of the AUCS)
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasy on Thomas Tallis (1919), joined by Aberdeen Central High School (Joseph Berns, director) and White Spruce Chamber Ensemble
  • Stravinsky: “Berceuse and Finale” from Firebird (1919) Conducted by Alex Fokkens
  • Bizet (arr. Serebrier): Carmen Symphony, conducted by Robert Vodnoy and joined by NSU alum Megan Potter 
  • John Cacavas: South Dakota, My Dakota (1989)

Holiday Concert—December 10, 2019 in JFAC Auditorium

  • Handel: Selections from Messiah (with NSU Choirs)
  • Tchaikovsky: “March” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker, featuring Isabelle Weisenburger, ballerina
  • Adam (arr. Harris): “O Holy Night” featuring Darci Bultema, soprano
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Paul O’Neill; arr. Phillips): Dreams of Fireflies
  • Goeller: Christmas Carol Sing-Along (with NSU Choirs)
AUCS Winter Concert—February 29, 2020
  • Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio
  • Schubert: Symphony no. 8 “Unfinished Symphony”
  • Bizet: “Je dis que rien mépouvante” from Carmen featuring Rosemary Vega, Soprano (AUCS Concerto-Aria Competition Winner)
  • Creston:  Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, op. 26 featuring Eduardo Mendoza, alto saxophone (AUCS Concerto-Aria Competition Winner)
  • Borodin: “Polovetsian Dances” from Prince Igor, joined by the NSU Choirs (Timothy Woods, Director)
AUCS Spring concert—April, 25 (7:30) and April 26 in the JFAC Auditorium
Canceled due to the pandemic
Screening of 
With AUCS playing the film score
2018-2019  “NEW BEGININGS”
  • Shostakovich: Festive Overture
  • Vivaldi: “Winter” from The Four Seasons
  • Monti: Csardas
  • Gade (arr. Naughtin): Jalousie featuring Sonja Bundy, Principal Violin of Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Member of the SDSO
  • Hanson: Symphony no. 2, “Romantic” Side-by-Side with Orchestra from Central High School (Aberdeen, SD)
Holiday Extravaganza—Dec 4
  • Tchaikovsky: “Trepak” from The Nutcracker
  • Mannheim Steamroller (Chip Davis and Calvin Custer): Stille Nacht
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (arr. Bob Phillips): Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24
  • Goeller: Christmas Carol Sing-Along (with NSU Choirs)
AUCS Winter Concert—Feb 16 (2019) “ROMANTIC BOUQUET”
  • Stanichar: Sunflowers
  • Moore:  “Silver Aria” from Ballad of Baby Doe (featuring Ms. Taylor Brekke, Concerto-Aria winner)
  • Weber:  “Alla Polacca” (last movement) of Clarinet concert no. 2 (featuring Ms. Molly Royals, Concerto-Aria winner)
  • Dvořák: Symphony no. 8 in G major
AUCS Spring concert—April 27 “IT’S-A-ME!”
  • Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra
  • Choruses from Italian Operas featuring the Choirs of Northern State University
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome


2017-2018 98th Season

  • Smetana: The Moldau
  • Cello Concerto in B Minor, Antonin Dvorak
  • Ellis Island, Dream of America, Peter Boyer
  • 1812 Overture, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Mass in Time of War, Joseph Hadyn

2016-2017 A Season of Celebration

  • Consecration of the House, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Song of Destiny, Johannes Brahms
  • The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Chen Gang/He Zhanhao
  • Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Robert Schumann
  • American Suite, Antonin Dvorak
  • Clarinet Concerto, Aaron Copland
  • Choral Fantasy, Ludwig van Beethoven

2015-2016 A Masterpiece Season

  • The Gypsy Baron Overture, Johann Strauss, Jr.
  • Hamlet, Niels Gade
  • Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Felix Mendelssohn
  • Oh quante volte ti chiedo from I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, Vincenzo Bellini
  • Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, Allegro molto moderato, Edvard Grieg
  • Voyage to Reims Overture, Gioachino Rossini
  • Carl Sandburg Suite, Alec Wilder
  • Chicago, John Kander and Fred Ebb, arr. Ted Ricketts
  • The Cowboys Overture, John Williams
  • The Improvised Concerto, Mark O'Connor
  • Born on the Fourth of July, John Williams
  • Strings and Threads, Mark O'Connor 

2014-2015 Music That Ignites the Soul

  • Finlandia, Jean Sibelius
  • Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Patrick Doyle and John Williams, Arr. Jerry Brubaker
  • Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, Jean Sibelius
  • Overture to Beaturice and Benedict, Hector Berlioz
  • Nobles seigneurs salut! from Ies Huguenots, Giocomo Meyerbeer
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Moderato, Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy Pyotr, Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Two Pieces from the Film Music Henry V, William Walton
  • West Side Story, Selections for Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, arr. Jack Mason

"Disney In Concert"

  • Disney Classics Overture arr. Bruce Healey
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid Suite Menkenand Ashman, arr. Menken, Merkin, Pasatieri & Ricketts
  • Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas Menken and Schwartz, arr. Troob Disney's
  • Beauty and the Beast Suite Menken and Ashman, arr. Troob and van der Heijden, ed. Ricketts
  • I Wan'na Be Like You from Jungle Book, Sherman and Sherman, arr. van der Heijden
  • Medley from Disney's Mary Poppins Sherman and Sherman, arr. healey and Whitcomb
  • Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame Orchestra Suite Mencken, arr. Starobin, ed. Ricketts
  • Let It Go from Disney's Frozen Anderson-Lopez and Lopez, orch. Metzger, adapt. Ricketts
  • Disney's Aladdin Suite Ashmana nd Rice, arr. Troob and Healey
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Suite Klaus Badelt, arr. Ricketts Disney's
  • The Lion King Suite John and Rice, orch. Zimmer, arr. kelley and Ricketts

2013-2014 Musical Voyages

  • Symphony No. 2 in D Major, OP. 36 Ludwig van Beethoven
  • The Last Spring Edvard Grieg
  • The Rite of Spring Igor Stravinsky, arr. Tom Kennedy
  • Wright Flight Michael Schelle
  • Overture to Struensee Goacomo Meyerbeer
  • Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier Richard Strauss
  • Violin Concerto in E Minor, OP. 64 Felix Mendelssohn
  • Der Holle Rache kocht in Meinem herzen from die
  • Zauberflote Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, movement 1 (energetic) Paul Creston
  • Carmina Burana, scenic cantata Carl Orff


  • Legally Blonde (fall musical) O'Keefe and Benjamin
  • The Firebird, 1919 Suite Igor Stravinsky
  • Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Claude Debussy
  • Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) W.A. Mozart
  • Overture to Rienzi Richard Wagner
  • Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhäuser Richard Wagner
  • Act II Finale from La Traviata (Darci Bultema, soprano; Michael Skyles, tenor) Guiseppe Verde
  • Parto, Parto from La Clemenza di Tito W.A. Mozart
  • Serenata for Marimba (Vibraphone and Strings) Ney Rosauro
  • Selections from Can-Can Cole Porter
  • Cello Concerto (Wesley Baldwin, cello) Édouard Lalo
  • Les Miserables Boublil and Schoenberg
  • Highlights from Carmen Georges Bizet
  • Bacchanal from Samson and Delilah Camille Saint-Saens


  • The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Fidelio Overture Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Totentanz: Paraphrase on Dies irae, S. 126 Franz Liszt
  • Symphonie Fantastiqua, mvts. 4 and 5 Hector Berlioz
  • Overture to Semiramide Giaochino Rossini
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major, S. 125 Franz Liszt€œ
  • Polonaise€ from Christmas Night Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Medley of Well-Known Carols Arthur Harris€œ
  • There Shall Come a Star Out of David€ from Christus Felix Mendelssohn
  • Christmas Pops Sing-Along Lee Norris
  • The Great Locomotive Chase Robert Smith
  • Una donna a quindici anni from Cosi fan tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
  • Saxophone Concerto in E-flat Alexander Glazunov
  • Five Mystical Songs for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Highlights from Jurassic Park John Williams, arr. Calvin Custer
  • The Prince of Egypt Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer, arr. Charles Sayre
  • Praeludium and Allegro Fritz Kreisler
  • Violin Concerto No. 3, finale Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, finale Johannes Brahms
  • Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 (Romantic), movement 3 Howard Hanson
  • The Typewriter Leroy Anderson
  • Suite from Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring Howard Shore, arr. John Whitney
  • Chicago Kander and Ebb, arr. Ted Ricketts
  • Theme from Schindler€™s List John Williams, arranged Calvin Custer
  • Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, finale Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky


  • The Drowsy Chaperone, Lambert and Morrison
  • Ruslan and Lyudmilla Overture, Mikhail Glinka
  • Violin Concerto No 1 in G Minor (Gregory Maytan, soloist), Max Bruch
  • Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished), Franz Schubert
  • Symphony No. 8 in G Major, finale, Antonin Dvorak
  • Overture to Der Freischatz Overture, Carl Maria von Weber
  • A Christmas Festival, Leroy Anderson
  • Festive Sounds of Hanukah, William Holcombe
  • Carol of the Bells, Richard Hayman
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas, Ken Darby and Harry Simeone
  • Christmas at the Movies, Bob Krogstad
  • Vainement, ma bien aimee from Le Roi d€™Ys (Anthony Rohr, tenor), Ã‰douard Lalo
  • Introduction, Theme and Variations (Shengwen, Wu, clarinet), Gioachino Rossini
  • Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Edvard Grieg
  • Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, Alexander Borodin
  • Concerto for Two Violins (Lindsey Fluharty, Robert Vodnoy, soloists), J.S. Bach
  • Salute to the Cinema, Carl Strommen
  • Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, John Williams, arranged Ralph Ford
  • Harry Potter Symphonic Suite, John Williams, arranged Jerry Brubaker
  • Michel Legrand Selections, Michel Legrand, arranged Ian Polster
  • Star Trek Through the Years, Calvin Custer
  • Concerto in F (Rob Auler, pianist), George Gershwin


  • Light in the Piazza (Fall Musical), Andrew Guertel
  • Overture to Prometheus Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Concerto Grosso No. 1 (Allan Jacobson, piano) Ernst Bloch
  • Soirees Musicales Benjamin Britten
  • Academic Festival Overture Johannes Brahms
  • O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi Giacomo Puccini
  • Concerto for Two Clarinets (Kelsey Pickford and Anne Jundt) Franz Krommer
  • Christmas Music for Voices John Cacavas
  • Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major (Spring) Robert Schumann
  • A Time for Kings John Cacavas
  • Piano Concerto No. 3 (Mitta Johnson Angell, piano) Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Raiders March John Williams
  • Highlights from Evita Andrew Lloyd Weber
  • Miss Saigon highlights Boubil and Schoenberg
  • 007 Themes Calvin Custer
  • West Side Story Highlights Leonard Bernstein


  • Fiddler on the Roof (Fall Musical), Jerry Bock
  • Choral Fantasy, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Mass in C Major, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Symphony No .5, finale, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 6, scherzo, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Casey at the Bat, Bill Holcombe
  • Canadian Brass Christmas, Calvin Custer
  • Greensleeves, Alfred Reed
  • Orpheus in the Underworld, Jacques Offenbach
  • Four Excepts from Orpheus and Eurydice, Christophe Willibald Gluck
  • Orpheus, Franz Liszt
  • Cello Concerto in C Major, allegro, Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Procession of the Grail, Richard Wagner
  • Tableaux de Province, Paule Maurice
  • Ah! je veux vivre, Charles Gounod
  • Symphony No. 2 (Little Russian), Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
  • Piano Concerto in A Minor, Edvard Grieg
  • Winter from the Four Seasons,  Antonio Vivaldi


  • Miss Saigon (Fall Musical), Schoenberg and Boublil
  • Fanfare from La Peri, Paul Dukas
  • Poet and Peasant Overture, Franz von Suppa
  • Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Four Norwegian Dances, Op. 35, Edvard Grieg
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guiraldi
  • Christmas Fantasy, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Festive Sounds of Hanukah, Bill Holcombe
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelssohn
  • Merry Christmas from Home Alone, John Williams
  • Roman Carnival Overture, Hector Berlioz
  • Carnival of the Animals (Grand Zoological Fantasy), Camille Saint-Saans
  • Concerto for Four Violins, Allegro, Antonio Vivaldi
  • Quiet City, Aaron Copland
  • Espaaa, Emmanuel Chabrier
  • Marimba Concerto, mvt. 1, Paul Creston
  • Count€™s Aria from The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, finale, Johannes Brahms
  • Excerpts from Water Music, George Frideric Handel
  • Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, Allegro ma non troppo, Antonin Dvorak


  • An Outdoor Overture, Aaron Copland
  • Symphony No. 3, mv€™ts 3 and 4, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Overture to The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • €œBacchanale€ from Samson and Delilah, Camille Saint-Säens
  • Three Opera Choruses, Giuseppe Verdi
  • Three Choruses from Messiah, George Frideric Handel
  • €œEvening Prayer€ from Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Ding-Dong Merrily on High, David Willcocks
  • Christmas Music for Voices, John Cacavas
  • Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, mv€™t 1, Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • The Mikado (fully staged), Arthur Sullivan
  • €œOh quante volte, oh quante€, Vincenzo Bellini
  • Russian Sailors€™ Dance, Reinhold Gliere
  • Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, mv€™ts 2, 3, 4, Felix Mendelssohn


  • Beauty and the Beast, Alan Menkin (Fall Musical)
  • Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • €œNon piu andrai€ from The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Egmont Overture, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • €œNimrod€ Variations on a Theme, Enigma, Edward Elgar
  • Three Movements from Capriol Suite, Peter Warlock
  • €œGopak€ from The Fair at Sorochinsk, Modest Mussorgsky
  • Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor, Johannes Brahms
  • €œPrologue€ to Ellis Island: Dream of America, Peter Boyer, arr. Lackey
  • Finlandia, Jean Sibelius
  • €œDeh vieni non tardi€ from Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Romanian Folk Dances, Bela Bartok
  • Slavonic Dance No. 8, Antonin Dvorak
  • Fantasia & Rondo from Grosses Quintett, Carl Maria von Weber
  • Short Overture to an Unwritten Opera, Don Gillis
  • Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky/Touschmaloff
  • Overture to Tancredi, Giaocchino Rossini
  • Sinfonia Concertante forViola & Double Bass, Ditters von Dittersdorf
  • Concerto Grosso, Vaughan Williams
  • Christmas Portion of Messiah, George Frideric Handel
  • Coronation Mass, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Richard O'Brien
  • Overture to HMS Pinafore, Arthur Sullivan
  • Capriccio Espagnol, Nicolai Rimsky
  • Valse Triste, Jean Sibelius
  • The Moldau from "Ma Vlast", Biedrich Smetana
  • Receding Tides, Eric McIntyre
  • Serenata Notturno, W. A. Mozart
  • Intermezzo from "Cavaliera Rusticana", Pietro Mascagni
  • Symphony No. 8 in b minor "Unfinished", Franz Schubert
  • Requiem Mass K. 622 ( completed Sussmyer ), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • "Bastien und Bastienne", Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Old Maid and the Thief, Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Toy Symphony, Joseph Haydn
  • Movements from the "Nutcracker Suite", Petyr I Tchaikovsky
  • Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint, Saens


  • Overture to La Gazza ladra, G. Rossini
  • Suite for Strings, J. Rutter
  • Symphony No. 7 in A maj, Op. 90, L. van Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 2 in b minor, A. Borodin
  • Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra, M. Glazunov
  • Two Elegiac Melodies, E. Grieg
  • Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No 12 "Christmas Concerto", A. Corelli
  • An Outdoor Overture, A. Copland
  • Waltzes from the Beautiful Blue Danube, J. Strauss II
  • "110 in the Shade", H. Schmidt
  • Symphony No. 36 in C maj. K, W. A. Mozart
  • Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Mvmt I,  C. Stamitz


  • Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, W. A. Mozart
  • Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" Op. 30, H. Hanson
  • Dido and Aeneas (Combined with the NSU Chamber Choir), H. Purcell
  • Symphony No. 88 in G major, F. J. Haydn
  • Octet for Winds (1952), I. Stravinsky
  • Simple Symphony, B. Britten
  • Piano Concerto in D major, Mvmnt I, F. J. Haydn
  • Batti, Batti mio Masetto from "Don Giovanni", W. A. Mozart
  • Come Scoglio from "Cosi van Tutte", W. A. Mozart
  • Terzetto and Hai gia vinta la causa from "Le nozze di Figaro", W. A. Mozart
  • "How to succeed in Business without really trying",  F. Loesser


  • Peter and the Wolf, P. Prokofiev
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no 3 in c minor Op 37, L. van Beethoven
  • Kol Nidre for "Double Bass" and Orchestra, M. Bruch
  • Requiem (with the NSU Collegiate Choir), G. Faure
  • Bolero, M. Ravel
  • Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, C. M. von Weber
  • Selections from the "Sound of Music", R. Rodgersarr. W. Bennett
  • "A Little Night Music", S. Sondheim