Tracelyn Gesteland

Tracelyn Gesteland

Associate Professor, Voice/Opera

MUSIC

W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 127

Phone: (605) 658-3475

Email: Tracelyn.Gesteland@usd.edu

Website: http://www.tracelyn.com

Bio:

Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland, mezzo-soprano, is Associate Professor of Voice/Opera and holds the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair. Gesteland was the 2015 winner of the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching (tenured faculty), USD's highest teaching honor. Dr. Gesteland's research and creative scholarship consists primarily of vocal performance, scholarly presentations, and opera direction. She is an active performer on the opera, concert and recital stage. Referred to by reviewers as "powerful" and "striking" (Great Britain's Organists' Review), "remarkable" and a "highlight of the evening" (Sioux City Journal), and "an engaging and versatile singing actress" (Madison Isthmus), she enjoys interpreting standard repertoire in addition to championing contemporary music. On the operatic stage, Gesteland has created several roles in world premiere productions including the title role in Strega Nona with Houston Grand Opera; the Nurse in Diagnosis: Danger and the Haunted Woman in Walking on Air with the Contemporary Opera Lab of Winnipeg, Canada; and Hortence in Die Operette mit Schlag with the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival. She has also performed many major standard roles including Meg in Little Women, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Stoughton Opera); Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, La Mère d'Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Atlantic Coast Opera); Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Carmen (Vocal Arts Group of Chicago); Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Joanne in I Can't Stand Wagner (Sounds of South Dakota); Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Houston Opera Project); Arethuze in La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers (Ars Lyrica Houston); Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Princess Linetta in The Love for Three Oranges (Moores Opera Center). Most recently, she performed the role of Zweite Dame in Die Zauberfloete with Opera South Dakota and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra starring Samuel Ramey, as well as the role of Announcer in Gallantry with the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival. On the concert stage, Gesteland has appeared with the South Dakota Symphony performing Rosina's arias and duets from Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah. Other recent concert performances include featured appearances with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Nachitoches-Northwestern Symphony, Elgin Opera, Harrower Opera, Rawlins Piano Trio, and National Opera Association (U.S.A.). She has also performed as a professional chorister in the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the batons of Barenboim, Mehta, Boulez, Penderecki, and Wolff. An avid recitalist, Gesteland performs frequently by invitation, most notably at the historic Lambs' Club in New York City, as part of the Music at St. Paul's concert series in Englewood, New Jersey, and as a featured performer at the Song Collaborators Consortia in Amarillo, Texas. She was a soloist at SongFest, an international art song festival held in Los Angeles, and has also given recitals in 22 states as well as Winnipeg, Canada. As half of the Gesteland-Smith Duo, she released a CD of sacred music for voice and organ on Raven Recordings in December 2016. She has given scholarly presentations for several organizations, including the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden and Brisbane, Australia; the Hawaii International Conference on Education; NATS; and the National Opera Association's national conventions, among others. She is also a professional opera director, most recently working as a stage director for the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival's production of Talk Opera. She was chosen as an opera directing apprentice for the Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta and has won national awards for her opera direction at USD, including two second place awards and two honorable mentions from The American Prize Competition in opera performance and stage directing, and third place in the Collegiate Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association. Dr. Gesteland was also the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Vermillion Children's Choir from 2015-18. Dr. Gesteland's service highlights include serving as founder/director of the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival in addition to her service as the District Governor and Past-President for the South Dakota district of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In 2016, she was named a NATS Emerging Leader, one of seven voice professors selected nationally for the honor. She also serves as a Regional Governor for the National Opera Association. She holds music degrees from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music (D.M.A.- Vocal Performance), Roosevelt University (M.M.- Vocal Performance and Pedagogy), and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.M.- Music Education with a Drama minor). Dr. Gesteland's students have won awards in several classical and musical theatre competitions, including NATS, NATSAA, MTNA, SDMTA, and the Glenn Miller National Vocal Competition, in addition to being selected for young artist and graduate programs around the country and internationally. Students of Dr. Gesteland also perform professionally and are working as voice professors and public school music teachers nationwide.


Teaching Interests:

Applied Voice, Opera, Vocal Pedagogy, Lyric Diction, Song Literature


Research Interests:

Vocal Performance, Opera, Vocal Pedagogy and Voice Science, Vocal Literature


Education:

  • DMA-- Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance, University of Houston, 2007
  • MM-- Master of Music, Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy, Roosevelt University, 1999
  • BM-- Bachelor of Music, Choral and General Music Education, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, 1994

Licensures and Certifications:

  • 6-12 Choral Music/pre-K-12 General Music teacher certification, State of Wisconsin

Grants:

  • Vermillion Children's Choir, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2017 - 2018)
  • Vermillion Children's Choir, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2016 - 2017)
  • Artist Collaboration Grant: Gesteland-Smith Duo, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Principal. (2015 - 2016)
  • Teaching Improvement Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2012 - 2013)
  • Contemporary Opera Lab, College of Fine Arts Dean's Office. Grant Role: Principal. (2011 - 2011)
  • "Opera for Young Audiences" at the National Opera Association's national convention, College of Fine Arts Dean's Office. (2011 - 2011)
  • Dueling Divas, College of Fine Arts Dean's Office. (2010 - 2010)
  • Linton Fund Guest Artist Award, The University of Mississippi. (2010 - 2010)

Publications:

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  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. Opera for Young Audiences: A Study of the Operatic Writing of Mary Carol Warwick for Houston Grand Opera's "Opera to Go". Pro Quest, 2007.

Awards and Honors:

  • Honorable Mention, The American Prize in Stage Direction, 2018
  • Honorable Mention (Stage and Music Director), The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2018
  • Semi-finalist (Gesteland-Smith Duo), The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2017
  • Second Place (Stage and Music Director), The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2017
  • Professor of the Game, USD Academic Affairs, 2017
  • NATS Emerging Leader Award, National Association of Teachers of Singing, 2016
  • Finalist, The American Prize in Stage Direction, 2015
  • Semifinalist (Stage and Music Director), The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2015
  • Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2015
  • Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair, 2014
  • Finalist (Stage and Music Director), The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2014
  • Nominated for the 2013-14 Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award, USD, 2014
  • Second Place (Leading Performer), National Opera Association's Production Competition- Professional Division, 2013
  • Second Place (Stage and Music Director), The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2013
  • Featured Artist- "Singing and Other Sins", Hawaii Public Radio, 2013
  • Nominated for the 2012-13 Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award, USD, 2013
  • 3rd Prize- Opera Production Competition (Stage and Music Director), National Opera Association, 2012
  • Nominated for the 2011-12 Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award, USD, 2012
  • Nominated for the 2010-11 Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award, USD, 2011
  • Nominated for the 2009-10 Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award, USD, 2010
  • Stage Directing Internship, Harrower Opera Workshop, Atlanta, GA, 2009
  • Moores School of Music Vocal Fellowship, University of Houston, 2004
  • Scholarship, Houston Music Teacher's Association, 2004
  • Honorable Mention, National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition-- Illinois Region, 2000

Presentations:

  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. Breath Bootcamp. Presented at the Choral Directors' Institute, Vermillion, SD. (June 2018)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn, Johnston, Amanda. Verklaertes Jahr: A Song Cycle by Joseph Marx. Presented at the NATS National Convention, Las Vegas, NV. (June 2018)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. Sonata Form in Mozart's 'Riconosci in questo amplesso' from Le Nozze di Figaro. Presented at the NOA National Conference, New Orleans, LA. (January 2018)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn, Johnston, Amanda. Verklaertes Jahr: The Lieder of Joseph Marx. Presented at the International Congress of Voice Teachers, Stockholm, Sweden. (August 5, 2017)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. So You Get to Direct the Musical: Tips for Beginning Stage Directors. Presented at the Choral Directors' Institute, Vermillion, SD. (June 2017)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. Endometriosis and Implications for Singers. Presented at the NATS National Convention, Chicago, IL. (July 2016)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. Helping Your Singers Create an Even Scale: Negotiating Registration Events. Presented at the Choral Directors Institute, Vermillion, SD. (June 18, 2015)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. The Songs of Ben Moore: A Lecture-Recital. Presented at the Great Plains Regional Conference of the College Music Society, Vermillion, SD. (February 2015)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn, . Combining Musical Genres as a Means of Creating New Opera Audiences. Presented at the National Opera Association: Crossroads and Challenges: Compass Points for Creation, Greensboro, NC. (January 2015)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. The Songs of Ben Moore: A Lecture-Recital. Presented at the International Congress of Voice Teachers, Brisbane, Australia. (July 14, 2013)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. Vocal Technique for the High School Singer. Presented at the Choral Directors Institute, Vermillion, SD. (June 19, 2013)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. "Survey of American Art Song: Origins through the early 20th century". Presented at the University of Manitoba- Desautels Faculty of Music, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (February 27, 2013)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. Real-time Aural Feedback in the Voice Studio. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii. (January 9, 2013)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. "French Diction for the Choral Conductor". Presented at the Choral Director's Institute, Vermillion, SD. (June 20, 2012)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. "German Diction for the Choral Conductor". Presented at the Choral Director's Institute, Vermillion, SD. (June 2011)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn, Johnston, Amanda. "The Lieder of Hans Pfitzner". Presented at the Great Plains Regional Conference of the College Music Society, Omaha, Nebraska. (March 2011)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn, Warwick, Mary C.. "Opera for Young American Audiences in the University Opera Workshop Curriculum". Presented at the National Opera Association: The Evolution of Opera: Facing Change, San Antonio, Texas. (January 6, 2011)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn. "A Vocal Pedagogy Refresher: Practical Help for the Choir Director". Presented at the Choral Director's Institute, Vermillion, South Dakota. (June 2010)
  • Gesteland, Tracelyn, Johnston, Amanda. "The Lieder of Hans Pfitzner". Presented at the Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (February 2010)