Two USD Vocal Performance Students Reach National Competition Final

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota vocal students reached the final round of the national Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition held in Clarinda, Iowa.

Vocal performance major Bailey Quade of Rapid City, South Dakota, and vocal performance and music education major Mikayla Trenhaile of Yankton, South Dakota, were selected based on their audition recordings and personal statements submitted as part of their applications. Only 10 students made the final competition. Both are rising sophomores.

"I am incredibly proud of both Bailey and Mikayla for being selected as two of the ten national finalists this year.  That is quite an exceptional achievement, and the fact that we had two finalists speaks to the depth of talent at USD,” said Tracelyn Gesteland, USD voice professor.

The competition honors the life and career of Glenn Miller, a dance band musician from Clarinda, Iowa. In honoring Miller, the scholarship seeks to assist promising young talents in any field of applied music who may be musical leaders of tomorrow.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News