Nov 16, 2011
 

USD music students shine at SDMTA State Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Four music students from the University of South Dakota received accolades at the 57th annual South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA) State Conference at Vermillion, Nov. 3-5.
 

Adrian Ries of Elk Point, S.D., a junior piano performance major and a student of Professor Susan Keith Gray, D.M.A., professor of piano, won first place in the MTNA Steinway & Sons Young Artist Piano Competition. He will compete at the divisional level at Boulder, Colo. in January. Ashley Evelyn Mazur, a senior vocal performance and music education major from Paullina, Iowa and a student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., professor of voice at USD, won first place in the upper division of the SDMTA Voice Competition.

Additionally, students Danur Kvilhaug and Cody Perk were also recognized at the SDMTA Conference, which featured students from USD, South Dakota State University, Augustana College, Black Hills State University and the University of Sioux Falls. Kvilhaug, a senior music studies major from Lead, S.D. and a student of Susanne Skyrm, D.M.A., professor of piano, was second in the SDMTA Piano Competition, upper division, while Perk, a junior vocal performance major from Yankton, S.D. and a student of Gesteland, received honorable mention in the upper division of the SDMTA Voice Competition.

Founded in 1955 by a group of educators across the state to improve the standards of teaching music, the South Dakota Music Teachers Association is an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association. Members teach piano, organ, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion to individuals or to small groups. Any music professional or college music student is invited to join. In addition to music competitions, the SDMTA State Conference included workshops and guest artist Adam Golka, a pianist who has amassed a broad performing repertoire in his young career.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.
 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Phillip Carter
The University of South Dakota
605-677-6258
phillip.carter@usd.edu
 
###
< Back to news
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AND
UNIVERSITY RELATIONS
414 East Clark Street • Vermillion, SD 57069
605-677-5759 • 605-677-6534 fax
www.usd.edu