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Graduate Student to Present at Prince Music Symposium

Photo of Michael Ugrich. Michael Ugrich will present a paper at an international research symposium on the musician, Prince.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota graduate student Michael Ugrich will present research at the international music conference “Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince” at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, May 25.

Ugrich, a music history and instrumental conducting double Master’s degree student from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, will host a panel with Tom Attah, professor of music at Salford University, and Andrew Scott, professor of music from Humber College in Canada. His paper is titled, “For You: A study of the neglected guitar style of Prince.” He said Prince’s guitar skill was an inspiration for his own study of music.

“Prince was able to say a lot with just a few notes still playing with emotion and fury,” said Ugrich. “Yet, he made few mistakes during live performances. He was an extraordinary musician.”

The conference is sponsored by University of Salford and Middle Tennessee State University and will include keynote speakers such as Dez Dickerson, Prince and The Revolution’s original guitarist.


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
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