VERMILLION, S.D. – Elizabeth Wensmann, a rising University of South Dakota senior from Aberdeen, South Dakota, was accepted into the Berkshire Scholar program and performed in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Berkshire Choral International Festival this June.
“What an incredible experience it was to sing with the Berkshire Choir,” said Elizabeth Wensmann. “Singing with a wide range of ages and ability level gave me an insight into how aging affects the vocal chords. I had an amazing time and will cherish the memories forever.”
A vocal music education major, Wensmann was accepted into the program based on her audition recording of three solo pieces and received a full scholarship including tuition, room and board. The program included five hours of choral rehearsals each day and professional private voice lessons culminating in the performance of a major choral orchestral work.
“Elizabeth is a wonderful singer with the potential to be an outstanding music educator. This program was the perfect vehicle for her to gain valuable experience as a soloist, choral singer, and future teacher,” said Tracelyn Gesteland, associate professor of voice at USD.