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Vidler Competes in National Classical Singer Competition

Photo of Emily Vidler. Photo credit Lena Tran. Emily Vidler competed in the National Classical Singer Competition hosted in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit: Lena Tran.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Emily Vidler, a University of South Dakota rising senior, competed in the National Classical Singer Competition hosted in Chicago, Illinois, May 27.

“I am extremely proud of Emily’s accomplishment in making it to the Chicago round of competition,” said Tracelyn Gesteland, associate professor of voice and opera. “While she just completed her junior year at USD, she is only 18 years old, so to be competing at a national level this early is quite remarkable.”

Vidler, a vocal performance and Spanish double-major, reached the second round of the competition after submitting an audition recording.

In addition to the performance competition, Vidler had the opportunity to sing in a master class given by internationally renowned opera countertenor, David Daniels.


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