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USD Music Professor Releases Album as Orchestral Conductor

Costa Rica desde Afuera Luis Víquez, D.M.A., director of orchestral activities at USD, will release his first album as an orchestral conductor entitled "Costa Rica desde Afuera." Artwork by Pablo Vargas and Roberto Jimenez.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Luis Víquez, D.M.A., director of orchestral activities at the University of South Dakota, will release his first album as an orchestral conductor titled "Costa Rica desde Afuera."

The CD was recorded live last July in Costa Rica with Víquez as guest conductor of the Heredia Symphony Orchestra. The CD includes the world premiere of four new orchestral pieces written by emerging Costa Rican composers who reside in North America and Europe: Andres Soto, Jose Mora, Guido Sanchez and Pablo Chin. The CD’s official release was Dec. 16 at the Eugene O'Neil Theater.

“It has been a true honor for me to have collaborated with the Heredia Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the best orchestras in Latin America, said Víquez. “The repertoire was challenging, and the experience of recording the concert live was rewarding.”

The Heredia Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading orchestral ensembles in Latin America whose emphasis is in the performance and promotion of contemporary Latin American music. Eddie Mora, who recently visited USD as an artist-in-residence this fall, is the orchestra’s music director. He guest conducted the USD Symphony Orchestra and presented several lectures and masterclasses for the Fine Arts students.


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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