what is transept?

Transept is a vocal ensemble of elite professional consort singers and select local musicians based in Sioux Falls, SD.  

A transept turns a rectangular building into a basilica. Its span intersects the nave to give the structure its cruciform shape. The transept carries the weight of the structure’s meaning, in other words. It changes a physical space into a sign of transcendence. 

Transept is inspired by the architecture of beauty. We interweave music for vocal consort, soloists, and choir to draw audiences into an intimate, meaningful journey. We fill spaces with the sounds of transcendence.



Founder & artistic director

Timothy J. Campbell is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota where he conducts the Concert Choir, Men's and Women's Chorus, and teaches courses in choral literature, applied voice, and sight-singing. He previously served on the faculty of West Virginia University. He has also served as associate director for Men's Consort Houston and the CORO Vocal Artists, and as director of the St. Luke's Early Music Ensemble (TX). Campbell's conducting mentors include Bruce Chamberlain, Elizabeth Schauer, Kathy Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, P. Bradley Logan, and Paul Brandvik.

As a singer (tenor), Campbell has performed with numerous professional ensembles around the country, including the Grammy® award-winning ensemble Conspirare, The Rose Ensemble, The Singers, VocalEssence, Tucson Chamber Artists, Houston Chamber Choir, Cantare Houston, and the South Dakota Chorale. Campbell holds degrees from Bemidji State University (B.S.), the University of Minnesota (M.M.), and the University of Arizona (D.M.A.).