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USD Voice Professor Gesteland Presents at International Conference

Photo of Tracelyn Gesteland. USD associate voice professor Tracelyn Gesteland presented a lecture-recital at the renowned International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, this August.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota associate professor of voice and opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair Tracelyn Gesteland presented a lecture-recital at the renowned International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, this August.

“It was a tremendous honor to represent USD, South Dakota, and the United States at this prestigious conference,” said Gesteland.

Gesteland’s lecture-recital entitled, "Verklaertes Jahr: The Lieder of Joseph Marx,” was given in collaboration with pianist Amanda Johnston from the University of Mississippi.

“Our presentation was very well received, and I learned so many new things from my colleagues around the world,” said Gesteland. “I am incredibly inspired to share this wealth of information with my students this year."

The International Congress of Voice Teachers is held every four years in a major world city to present new research on vocal pedagogy, voice science, vocal health and care of the professional voice, learning theory, and vocal repertoire through presentations, performances, and master classes. This year's theme was "Tradition and Science in Harmony," and the conference included delegates from 36 nations. Attendees include voice teachers, voice scientists, professional singers and collaborative pianists.


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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