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USD Students Excel in Music Competitions

VERMILLION, S.D. – Several students from the University of South Dakota were recognized as top performers at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA) competitions held Nov. 1 at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings.

The students competed in piano, voice and woodwind divisions against other students from Augustana University and SDSU.

The following is a list of the USD winners. Singers were accompanied by Deanna Wehrspann and Diane Van Den Oever.

USD’s MTNA Competition Results:

  • MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition

1st place- Pedro Medeiros
Graduate student in piano performance
Hometown: Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, Santa Catarina- Brazil
Student of Alessandra Feris, D.M.

  • MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition

1st place- Kaitlin Pearson
Graduate student in vocal performance
Hometown: Gretna, Neb.
Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.

Medeiros and Pearson will advance to a regional round of competitions where they may qualify to compete at the national level.

USD’s SDMTA Competition Results:

  • Junior/Senior Collegiate Voice Division

1st place- Mikayla Trenhaile
Junior in vocal performance and music education
Yankton, S.D.
Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.

2nd Place- Bailey Quade
Junior in vocal performance
Rapid City, S.D.
Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.

Honorable Mention- Abby Beach
Junior in music education
Lennox, S.D.
Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.

  • Collegiate Piano Division

1st Place- Nicole Gerdes
Freshman in piano performance
Renner, S.D.
Student of Susan Keith Gray, D.M.A.

  • Collegiate Woodwinds Division

Honorable Mention- Nicole Pierson
Junior in music education
Harrisburg, S.D.
Student of Luis Viquez, D.M.A.


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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