David L. DeHoogh-Kliewer, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Music / Director of Choral Activities/Area Chair of Performing and Fine Arts

Dr. David DeHoogh-Kliewer, a 2014-2015 recipient of the University of Sioux Falls Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2015 Encore Award for the American Choral Directors Association - South Dakota chapter, is Associate Professor of Music and serves as the fifth Director of Choral Activities since 1932. He teaches courses in conducting, music theory, music education and conducts the Concert Chorale, the Singing Camerata chamber singers, the Collegiate Choir and the University Singers contemporary a cappella ensemble.

Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts with an emphasis in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas where he studied with Dr. Paul Tucker, a Master of Arts in Vocal Music Education from the University of South Dakota (Professor Larry Torkelson) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Bethel College in N. Newton, Kansas (Dr. Marles Preheim).

Under Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer's direction, the University of Sioux Falls Concert Chorale has enjoyed touring and serving throughout the United States and Europe, including recent performances at Notre Dame in Paris, Venice's St. Mark's Basilica, various venues in Belgium and the Netherlands and a special performance for the Pope in Vatican City. Under his direction, the Singing Camerata chamber singers have toured Budapest, Vienna and Prague and continue the strong tradition of celebrating the annual Madrigal Dinners every December, just as they have since 1963.

An important element of Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer's choral tour itineraries is service. In alignment with the University's motto of Culture for Service, members of the choirs have served at the Earthworks Community Farm in Los Angeles, Share Your Soles in Chicago, Open Door Mission in Omaha, Habitat for Humanity and Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, the Surfrider Foundation in San Diego, performed for children at the Colorado Children's Hospital and have served various orphanages, homeless shelters, the South Dakota Penitentiary, children's hospitals and retirement centers regionally, nationally and in Europe.

Prior to joining the USF faculty in 2006, Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer taught in kindergarten through senior high settings for eleven years, leading high school choir tours to Washington, D.C., New York City, Denver and San Francisco. His choirs have received state, regional and national invitations and have performed at various music conventions.

Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer started his teaching career in Loveland, Colo., teaching all levels. He has served as a guest clinician and adjudicator for various musical events and contests and enjoys conducting choral festivals for all ages. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving as the South Dakota chairperson for College and University Choirs. He also acts as the state coordinator for the Keep Singing Project, a professional resource helping to nurture relationships between high school singers and college choral conductors. He has served on various boards including the Singing Boys of Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Bach Society, the Sioux Falls Children's Choir and as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls. At USF, he facilitates the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and performs locally as a baritone soloist. Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer conducts the adult choir at First Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, just as choral professors from USF have done during the last century. He is married to Michelle, a counselor at USF, and they have two daughters, Hannah and Emma. In addition to making music, Dr. DeHoogh-Kliewer enjoys family time, history, sports and travel.


  • D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Kansas, 2010
  • M.M., Vocal Music Education, University of South Dakota, 2002
  • B.A., Music and Education, Bethel College (Kan.), 1995

Courses Taught

  • MUS163 - Concert Chorale
  • MUS164 - Singing Camerata
  • MUS323 - Conducting I
  • MUS313 - Music Education Methods - Choral
  • MUS213 - Music Education Methods - Elementary
  • MUS150 - Music Theory I
  • MUS155 - Music Theory II
  • MUS130 - Introduction to Music
  • MUS162 - Collegiate Choir

Professional Memberships

American Choral Directors Association

South Dakota Repertoire and Standards Representative for College and University Choirs

National Association for Music Education

Campus chapter sponsor for pre-service music educators


  • Choir / Chamber Choir / Madrigal Dinners / Contemporary A Cappella / Choral Clinician / Adjudicator / Conducting / Music Education Methods / Music Theory / Music Appreciation


Orchestrating for Voices: influences and the compositional technique in selections of a cappella choral repertoire by Tarik O'Regan

Tonal combinations in Tarik O'Regan's Gratias tibi

Arnold Schönberg, A Survivor from Warsaw, An Analysis: Genocide as extra-musical device

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Perspectives on Vernacular

How colleges and universities benefit from domestic choral travel

High-5: Repertoire Recommendations for College and University Choirs (SD-ACDA newsletter)

Scholarships and Creative Work

  • Choir Tour: 2009, Iowa, Neb., Kan., Colo., Wyo., S.D.
  • Choir Tour, 2007: Des Moines
  • Choir Tour: 2008, Budapest, Vienna, Prague
  • Choir Tour: 2010, Italy
  • Choir tour: 2011, Iowa, Ill., Wis., Minn., S.D.
  • Choir Tour: 2012, France, Belgium, the Netherlands
  • Choir Tour: 2013, Los Angeles, San Diego
  • Choir Tour: 2014, Italy

Service/Volunteer Work

Contributions to worship

Sioux Falls churches:

  • Asbury United Methodist
  • Central Baptist
  • Church at the Gate
  • Community Reformed
  • Eastside Lutheran
  • Embrace
  • First Baptist
  • First Congregational
  • First Lutheran
  • First Presbyterian
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran
  • Good News Reformed
  • Holy Cross Lutheran
  • Oakhills Baptist
  • Peace Lutheran
  • Prairie Hills Covenant
  • Trinity Baptist
Local High School Performances (Iowa, Minn., Neb., S.D.)
  • Albert Lea
  • Adrian
  • Akron-Westfield
  • Alcester-Hudson
  • Augustana College (S.D.)
  • Beresford
  • Boyden-Hull
  • Brandon Valley
  • Brookings
  • Canistota
  • Canton
  • Central Lyon
  • Chamberlain
  • Dell Rapids
  • Flandreau
  • Freeman
  • Freeman Academy
  • Fremont
  • Garretson
  • George-Little Rock
  • Harrisburg
  • Hills-Beaver Creek
  • Howard
  • Hull
  • Hurley
  • Lennox
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • McCook Central
  • Mitchell
  • MOC-FV
  • Montrose
  • Northwestern College (Iowa)
  • O'Gorman
  • Pipestone
  • Rapid City Stevens
  • Sioux City East
  • Sioux Falls Christian
  • Sioux Falls JFK Elementary
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt
  • Sioux Falls Washington
  • Sheldon
  • South Sioux City
  • SW Minn. Christian
  • Sturgis
  • Tea
  • Tri-Valley
  • Unity Christian
  • Vermillion
  • Western Christian
  • West Central
  • West Lyon
  • West-Sioux
  • Yankton
University of Sioux Falls, Culture for Service

The USF Concert Chorale serves the Sioux Falls community and the communities we visit through offering musical gifts and serving as the hands and feet of Christ.

  • St. Francis House, Sioux Falls
  • South Dakota State Penitentiary worship services
  • Union Gospel Mission, Sioux Falls
  • St. Magdalene Parish homeless shelter, Bruges, Belgium
  • YWAM, Amsterdam
  • Open Door Mission, Omaha
  • Habitat for Humanity, Denver
  • Foodbank of the Rockies, Denver
  • The Children’s Hospital, Denver
  • Empowerment Gardens, Des Moines
  • Beacon of Life women’s shelter, Des Moines
  • Share Your Soles (shoe donation agency), Chicago
  • Clothing/toy drive on campus for Romanian orphanage
  • Sanford Children’s Hospital
  • Earthworks farm, Los Angeles
  • Mission beach clean-up, San Diego
  • Christian Community Service Agency, San Diego