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Concert highlights South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will host the 2011 South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival is a day-long event for quad-state area high school singers.

Throughout the day, beginning at 8 a.m., students will have an opportunity to participate in workshops geared toward both the solo and choral singer, and attend performances by the USD Opera, Chamber Singers, voice and piano faculty, and student soloists. Afternoon events include a solo voice competition as well as a concert featuring the competition winners, two guest choirs and a combined festival choir at 4 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Workshop presenters include Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., assistant professor in voice/opera at USD, Brandon Hendrickson, D.M.A., assistant professor in voice/opera at USD, David Holdhusen, Ph.D., director of choral activities at USD, and Susan Keith Gray, D.M.A., professor of music at USD. More than 160 students are registered to attend the festival, which will include featured choral performances from the Brookings High School Concert Choir under the director of Denise Perry and the Elk Point-Jefferson High School Concert Choir under the direction of Dustin Rusche.

For more information about the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, please contact the USD Department of Music at (605) 677-5274 or visit


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News