Sacred Arts Series

Bringing great music, art, and ideas to the community
in the beautifully-restored Cathedral of Saint Joseph.

Join us for the eighth season of the Sacred Arts Series.

Each season this series gives you the opportunity to encounter some of the world’s greatest art and artistry, right here in Sioux Falls. The Cathedral of Saint Joseph is a stunning home for the series, acoustically, visually, and spiritually – you could travel the world and not find a better place to hear sacred music. If you have not yet had a chance to visit the Cathedral or attend an event here, it is time to discover this local treasure. If you are already familiar with the Cathedral, I encourage you to invest some time this year exploring all that the Sacred Arts Series has to offer.

This eighth season, in honor of the dedication of the Cathedral in 1919, is our “100th Anniversary” season. It is the biggest and best yet, with ten concerts to choose from. I hope you can make it to some of these wonderful events!

Dr. Jared Ostermann, Artistic Director

The 2018-2019 “100th Anniversary Season”:


Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Transept – “The Tudors: Monarchy, Drama, and Music of Celestial Harmony

Transept, conducted by Timothy Campbell, is a fantastic local vocal ensemble now in its third season, made up of professional and volunteer singers from around the region. We are happy to feature this ensemble three times in this 100th Anniversary season of the Sacred Arts Series, with three varied and exciting concerts. This first performance is titled “The Tudors: Monarchy, drama, and music of celestial harmony,” and centers on vocal and instrumental music from 16th-century England.



Monday, November 5, 2018 – 7:00 pm

The South Dakota State University Concert Choir and Wind Symphony

Free Admission (Free Will Offering)

The SDSU Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Laura Diddle, will be joined by the SDSU Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jacob Wallace. These two accomplished ensembles will fill the Cathedral with beautiful choral and instrumental music on a grand scale.





Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 7:30 pm

The South Dakota Chorale

The Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale returns to the Cathedral for a performance of a beloved sacred masterwork: the Rachmaninoff Vespers.







Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Jared Ostermann, Organist

Free Admission (Free Will Offering)

Dr. Ostermann, Cathedral Music Director, is an accomplished concert organist and has been awarded numerous prizes at national and international organ competitions. This season he will play an all-Bach concert on the Cathedral’s renowned Hendrickson pipe organ.






Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 7:00 pm

The University of Sioux Falls Concert Chorale

Free Admission (Free Will Offering)

The Concert Chorale, directed by David Dehoogh-Kliewer, is the primary choral ensemble at the University of Sioux Falls and couples performance and community service on its yearly tours in the USA and abroad. This year’s Midwestern tour includes this “home concert” at the Cathedral.




Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 7:00 pm

The University of Northwestern-St. Paul Choir

Free Admission (Free Will Offering)

The Northwestern Choir, directed by Timothy Sawyer, is among the leading university choirs in the Midwestern United States, enjoying a rich history of performing primarily sacred a cappella music of all stylistic eras, hymns and spirituals, and major choral-orchestral works.






DUE TO IMPENDING BLIZZARD, DATE CHANGED TO: Monday, April 15, 2019 – 7:30 pm

The Dakota String Quartet: Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross”


The Dakota String Quartet, comprised of the principal string players from the South Dakota Symphony, will perform Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ. This piece is a perfect meditation to close the season of Lent, and lead into Holy Week. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or through the link above.


Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 7:00 pm

The Cathedral Choirs

Free Admission (Free Will Offering)

The Founders’ Concert each May commemorates the construction of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, as well as the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the Cathedral.  This year the Cathedral Choirs, conducted by Jared Ostermann, join in a concert marking the 100th Anniversary of this monumental church.




Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Transept – “Cathedral Masterpieces

In its second performance of the season, Transept joins forces with the O’Gorman High School Choir to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in a program of stunning and transcendent vocal music that perfectly matches this architectural masterpiece.






Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Transept – “Venetian Glory

Tickets $25/$5

Transept closes this 100th Anniversary season, with a program titled “Venetian Glory.” Experience the majesty and splendor of Venice, in a time where it stood as a musical and cultural epicenter of the world. Voices and period instruments combine, including works for multiple choirs written for St. Mark’s Basilica and its famous choir lofts.







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Sacred Arts Series

Ticket sales only cover a fraction of the expenses of the Sacred Arts Series. Your donations are very important, as they enable us to continue to bring world-class artistry to the community. Please consider making a contribution to the series – any amount helps! All individual and corporate sponsors are listed on our website and in our event programs.

Checks should be made payable to: Cathedral Sacred Arts Series
And mailed to:
Sacred Arts Series, 521 N Duluth Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104