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Music Professor Named a National Emerging Leader

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- The National Association of Teachers of Singing has chosen University of South Dakota associate professor of voice/opera Tracelyn Gesteland as one of seven emerging leaders nationally.

She will receive the 2016 NATS Emerging Leader Award in July at the group’s national convention in Chicago. Gesteland will be able to attend master classes and sessions on all aspects of singing and the teaching of singing and have the chance to meet and network with other professionals in the field. She’s expected to develop a program based on the information gathered from those sessions and make a presentation within the next year.

The award is given to a teacher who has no more than 10 years of full-time teaching experience and has demonstrated dedication to the field of singing through excellence in teaching, scholarship and performance.

“It is an honor to have been selected as an emerging leader by NATS,” said Gesteland. “The organization does so much to promote vocal education and research in our field, and I am always impressed by the level of singing and scholarly work presented by our members and their students. I look forward to future service and continued participation in NATS at the state, regional, and national level.”

Gesteland 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). She received USD’s highest teaching honor in 2015, the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, and holds the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair. Gesteland, an American mezzo-soprano, also performs on the opera, concert and recital stages.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News