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USD Music Students Take Home Top Prizes from State Competitions

Mikayla Trenhaile and Pedro Medeiros together. Mikayla Trenhaile, a senior in vocal performance and music education, and Pedro Medeiros, a graduate student in piano performance, received 1st place in voice and piano respectively at the MTNA competition.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota music students placed highly in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA) competitions that were held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish on Nov. 8-9.

Students from USD competed against others from Augustana University, Black Hills State University, Northern State University and South Dakota State University. They competed in piano, voice and woodwind divisions.

USD’s MTNA Competition Results

MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition

  • 1st Place- Pedro Medeiros
    Graduate student in Piano Performance
    Hometown: Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, Santa Catarina- Brazil
    Student of Alessandra Feris, D.M.

MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition

  • 1st Place- Mikayla Trenhaile
    Senior in Vocal Performance and Music Education
    Hometown: Yankton, South Dakota
    Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.

USD’s SDMTA Competition Results

Junior/Senior Collegiate Voice Division

  • 1st Place- Bailey Quade
    Senior in Vocal Performance
    Rapid City, South Dakota
    Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.
  • 2nd Place- Garrett Adam
    Junior in Flute and Vocal Performance
    Yankton, South Dakota
    Student of Nicholas Provenzale, D.M.A.

Freshman/Sophomore Voice Division

  • Honorable Mention- Margaret Meierhenry
    Freshman in Music Education
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.
  • Honorable Mention- James Miller
    Sophomore in Vocal Performance
    Elk Point, South Dakota
    Student of Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A.

Collegiate Piano Division

  • Honorable Mention- Adam Allgrunn
    Freshman in Business and Math
    Vermillion, South Dakota
    Student of Susan Keith Gray, D.M.A.

Collegiate Woodwinds Division

(All received honorable mentions and are clarinet students of Luis Viquez, D.M.A.)

  • Anna Klocke
    Freshman in Music Education
    Hometown: Tea, South Dakota
  • Kaitlyn Strock
    Senior in Music Education
    Hometown: Spencer, Iowa
  • Kacie Cox
    Junior in Music Education and Performance
    Hometown: Marathon, Iowa
  • Steven Bray
    Junior in Music Education and Performance
    Hometown: Yankton, South Dakota
  • Morgan Boeding
    Sophomore in Music Education
    Hometown: Kimball, South Dakota
  • Hayden Vickery
    Sophomore in Music Performance
    Hometown: Hopkins, Minnesota

The MTNA national student competitions are among the most prestigious student competitions in the country. The purpose of the MTNA competitions is to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence. The three-tiered competitions begin with state competitions. The winners of each state's competitions advance to a regional division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals at the annual MTNA National Conference.

SDMTA is an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association. SDMTA competitions provide opportunities for musical growth for member teachers and their students through recognition of high performance standards. The SDMTA competition is separate from the MTNA competition, but they are held concurrently at the state conference.


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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