VERMILLION, S.D. – Three music students from the University of South Dakota’s College of Fine Arts were selected to join very sought-after opera apprenticeship programs over the summer.
Kaitlin Pearson, a second-year graduate student from Gretna, Nebraska, was invited to perform a leading role with the Red River Lyric Opera in Texas. While in most scenarios, students are asked to audition for these opportunities, Pearson was approached by the Red River Lyric Opera to join their group. She played the role of Tisbe in Rossini's “La Cenerentola.”
Bailey Quade, a junior from Rapid City, South Dakota, was accepted by audition to two young artist programs. She participated in the Redwoods Opera Workshop in California, followed by the Red River Lyric Opera, where she sang a supporting role in the baroque opera, “La Calisto.”
Mikayla Trenhaile, a junior from Yankton, South Dakota, was accepted by audition to the Druid City Opera Workshop in Alabama, where she performed opera scenes and arias as one of only 24 singers accepted nationwide.
"I am so proud of these talented young women who have been accepted to some of the most prestigious young artist programs in the nation,” said Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., associate professor of voice/opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair. “Their participation in these programs is a testament to their artistry and hard work thus far in preparing for professional careers in opera. I can't wait to see what their futures hold."