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2018 Strings Extravaganza Concert April 18

Photo of USD Orchestra. The 2018 Strings Extravaganza Concert will begin at 6 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall on April 18.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will host the 2018 Strings Extravaganza Concert at 6 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall April 18.

The concert features five student conductors including seniors Brittany Kolbeck and Elizabeth Wensmann, both bachelor of music education students.

“This concert is unique, as not so many times undergraduate students get the opportunity to conduct an orchestra in their senior year. Our instrumental conducting program at USD is the only one of its type in the state and has grown exponentially in the last two years,” said Luis A. Víquez, director of orchestral activities at USD.

Graduate students Michael Ugrich, Krissy Blunck and Damon Lamberty will also conduct performances. They are students in the Master’s of Music Degree in Instrumental program.

The event is free and open to the public.


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