USD Music Student Places Third in National Voice Competition

portrait of Kaitlin Pearson, MTNA competition winner USD graduate student Kaitlin Pearson placed third in the National MTNA Young Artist Competition in Voice.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Kaitlin Pearson, a graduate student in vocal performance, was awarded third place in the National Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition in Voice. The competition was held in Spokane, Washington on March 18.

Pearson is a student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., associate professor of voice/opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Kaitlin,” said Gesteland. “I am incredibly proud of her work, her dedication to her art and the way she represented USD on the national stage.”

The MTNA National Student Competitions are the most successful and prestigious student competitions in the country. Each year, thousands of students compete for top prizes and national recognition.

Competitions include composition, brass, piano, string, voice, woodwind and chamber music.

See a full list of winners on the MTNA website.

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