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South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival at USD sets the stage for talented high school singers

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Area high school singers will showcase their musical talent at the 2012 South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the University of South Dakota.

A day-long event for hundreds of high school students from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska, the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival is an opportunity for participants to attend workshops for solo and choral singers, and listen to performances by USD Opera, Chamber Singers, voice and piano faculty, and student soloists. 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 140 students are registered to attend the festival, which concludes with a concert at 4 p.m. at Colton Recital Hall on the USD campus. The concert, free and open to the public, features performances from winners of the festival’s solo voice competition, guest choral performances from Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School (under the direction of Robyn Starks Holcomb) and Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School (under the direction of Cathleen Britton), and a combined festival choir.

For more information about the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, please contact Gesteland through the USD Department of Music via email at, by phone 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 84 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