2014 South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival is Nov. 13 at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Music will host the 2014 South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival on Thursday, Nov. 13 with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Aalfs Auditorium.

The South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival is a day-long event for quad-state area high school singers.  In the morning, students will participate in workshops for solo and choral singers and attend performances by the USD Opera, Chamber Singers, voice faculty, and student soloists.  The afternoon sessions include a solo voice competition as well as rehearsals for the combined festival choir.  The 7:30 p.m. concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature the competition winners, two guest choirs: Yankton High School's a cappella choir and the "East Singers" from Lincoln East High School; and the combined festival choir.

Workshop presenters include Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., associate professor and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair of voice/opera at USD; Brandon Hendrickson, D.M.A., assistant professor in voice/opera at USD; David Holdhusen, Ph.D., interim chair of USD Music and director of choral activities and the Douglas and Susan Tuve Distinguished Professorship in Choral Music at USD; and Timothy Campbell, assistant professor of music at USD.

For more information about the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, please contact Gesteland, South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival Director, at Tracelyn.Gesteland@usd.edu.

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