USD Hosts Guest Artists Baritone Christian Bester and Pianist Kirstin Ihde for Musical Events

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host baritone Christian Bester and pianist Kirstin Ihde for several musical events and lectures.

The first event, titled “Afrikaans Arts Songs,” begins Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Free and open to the public, the event will feature Bester and Ihde in a live musical performance. The pair will also host a voice masterclass lecture the following day for USD students.

Bester holds the DMA degree and artist certificate from the University of North Texas and received his MM in voice from Southern Methodist University. He made his professional debut for Pro Musica Theater in South Africa in 2005. European performances include the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy.

Ihde is currently an assistant professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she teaches class piano and collaborates frequently with faculty and students. She received a DMA in collaborative piano with a minor in opera coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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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.

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