VERMILLION, S.D. – Five University of South Dakota music students competed in the online North Central Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions in March. They each placed in the top five of their categories, qualifying them for the next round.
Students from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba and Saskatchewan submitted performance videos that were evaluated by a panel of judges. The USD students will next compete in the national competition, which has been moved from a live format to online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The USD students advancing to nationals include the following:
Fourth-Year Classical Treble:
- Bailey Quade, a senior from Rapid City, South Dakota, majoring in vocal performance
- Mikayla Trenhaile, a senior from Yankton, South Dakota, majoring in vocal performance
Upper Musical Theatre Treble:
- Abby Beach, a senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, majoring in music education
First-Year Classical Treble:
- Margaret Meierhenry, a freshman from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, majoring in music education
- Denisse Balandran, a freshman from Storm Lake, Iowa, majoring in vocal performance
The students study voice with Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., associate professor of voice/opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair.
“It is so wonderful that every singer who competed at regionals advanced to the nationals,” said Gesteland. “We have a great deal of talent in the voice area, and it is very rewarding to see that talent recognized by others in the region. I am so proud of these young artists."