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USD Vocalists Perform During 10th Annual Spring Showcase

VERMILLION, SD – Last week the voices of University of South Dakota students rang through the Colton Recital Hall during the Gesteland Studio Showcase.

On April 8, students from Tracelyn Gesteland’s, D.M.A., voice studio sang music ranging from classical art songs to operatic arias to musical theatre songs. Each student performed a solo, followed by a grand finale consisting of a medley of famous Broadway numbers, culminating in the group song, “You Will Be Found,” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. The 10th annual spring showcase included freshmen through graduate student vocalists and their pianists.

“I think that it is important to celebrate student achievement, and that is really the purpose of the showcase,” Gesteland said. “I want the singers to have a great time on stage performing for their friends and family, and I want to give the audience a fun experience as well.”


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