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USD Music Students Excel at State Competition

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota voice students participated at the South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition on March 23 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. Out of 44 awards given, USD won 23. Other participating schools included South Dakota State University, Northern State University, Black Hills State University and North Dakota State University.

USD Results

Studio of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.:

  • 1st in Graduate Classical: Kaitlin Pearson
  • 1st in Junior Women: Mikayla Trenhaile
  •  1st in Upper Musical Theatre Women: De Shonte’ Helm
  • 1st in Upper MT Men: Eldon Warner
  • 1st in Lower MT Women: Taylor Bunkers
  • 1st in Lower MT Men: James Miller
  • 2nd in Senior Women: De Shonte' Helm
  • 2nd in Senior Men: Eldon Warner
  • 2nd in Junior Women: Bailey Quade
  • 2nd in Upper MT Women: Maddie Graves
  • 2nd in Upper MT Men: Kevin Phillips
  • 2nd in Lower MT Women: Annika Holdhusen
  • 2nd in Lower MT Men: Adam Lange
  • 3rd in Senior Men: Kevin Phillips
  • 3rd in Freshman Women: Annika Holdhusen
  • 3rd in Freshman Men: James Miller
  • 3rd in Upper MT Women: Bailey Quade
  • 3rd in Upper MT Men: Kevin Huizenga
  • 3rd in Lower MT Men: Colby Stoos
  • Honorable mention in Junior Women: Maddie Graves

Studio of Nicholas Provenzale, D.M.A:

  • 1st in Junior Men: Dominick McClendon
  • 2nd in Sophomore Men: Garrett Adam
  • Honorable mention in Upper MT Men: Dominick McClendon


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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