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College of Fine Arts at USD names music professors to endowed professorship positions

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts announced today that Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., associate professor of music (voice), has been named the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair, and David Holdhusen, Ph.D., associate professor of music (choral), received the Douglas and Susan Tuve Distinguished Professorship in Choral Music.

These generous gifts from Lucy Yoshioka Buhler and the late Walter A. Buhler, and the Tuves, will provide funding for Gesteland’s music position and Holdhusen’s professorship at USD. These funds will be used to “recognize, recruit, and retain an exceptional faculty person who consistently demonstrates exemplary scholarship and performance in the classroom and a dedication to the following principles: ethical leadership in the classroom, a commitment to lifelong learning, and global awareness.” Both donations will impact the department of music for generations to come, according to Larry Schou, D.M.A., dean of the College of Fine Arts.

“Doug and Susan Tuve are generous benefactors to the College of Fine Arts,” Schou added. “They have a special interest in choral music. They desire to see that a continuously strong tradition of excellent choral music thrives at USD. Their gift of an endowment helps us to continue to achieve great things in the Department of Music.”

Gesteland was recently promoted to associate professor of music and granted tenure at USD. She teaches voice, diction, and opera. She also performs in operas, presents solo recitals, and directs opera performances within the region.

“Dr. Gesteland is an outstanding educator and musician.  She is very well respected in the region as a performer and workshop specialist,” Schou noted. “She also does exceptional work in the classroom to prepare our students for a life-long career in music. Her students have won many awards in the past six years.”

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Holdhusen serves as the interim chair of the department of music and is the director of Choral Activities at the university. He directs the USD Chamber Singers, teaches choral literature and conducts classes.

“Dr. Holdhusen is an exceptional conductor and his students in the choral area praise him for the work he does to educate them and prepare them for a life in music,” Schou stated. “He is a well-respected clinician in the region and his choral groups have won several national awards in the past three years.”

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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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News