VERMILLION, S.D. – Abby Beach, a junior music education major from Lennox, South Dakota, was selected by audition to be a vocal apprentice for the Berkshire Choral International Festival to be held June 23-30 in Boston.
The highly competitive Berkshire Choral International apprentice program provides an opportunity for professional-track undergraduate and graduate students to study, rehearse and perform major choral/orchestral works with eminent conductors. Beach will apprentice with conductor Erin Freeman in preparation for Felix Mendelssohn's master work, “Elijah.”
Beach will also receive private lessons and coaching and perform as a soloist for master classes and on a group recital. Apprentices also facilitate choral rehearsals and assist the musical staff. Beach received a full scholarship, including tuition, travel, room and board.
Beach is a student of Tracelyn Gesteland, associate professor of voice/opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair.
"Abby is a wonderful student who is passionate about both teaching and performing,” said Gesteland. “She will have the opportunity to refine her skills in both areas amongst high caliber artists from around the world, and I know that she will be an excellent representative of USD on the international stage."