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Guest artist piano recital at USD to feature Symeon Waseen

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Music will present a guest artist piano recital by Symeon Waseen at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Free and open to the public, the recital by Waseen will feature works by Bartok, Beethoven, Davidovsky, and his own compositions.

Waseen, D.M.A., is a professor of music at Black Hills State University and has studied under the tutelage of Thomas Wegren, Marilyn Shrude, Robert Morris and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. In addition to composing, Waseen is an active performer, specializing in music by contemporary composers, and has premiered several works written by himself and his colleagues. He was awarded the Eastman School of Music Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize for his “Concerto for Voice and Voices” and in 2012, he was the Commissioned Composer for the South Dakota Music Teachers Association for which he composed “Five Moments” for soprano and piano. Waseen has taught theory, composition and piano at Black Hills State since 2010 and holds a doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in composition, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, with a double major in piano performance and theory/composition.

For more information, please contact the USD Department of Music at or call (605) 677-5274. More information is also available on the department’s website at


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