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USD's Gesteland Nationally Recognized for Opera Stage Direction

Tracelyn Gesteland portrait Tracelyn Gesteland, DMA, was awarded an honorable mention from The American Prize in Opera Stage Direction.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Tracelyn Gesteland, DMA, professor of voice/opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair, was awarded an honorable mention from The American Prize in Opera Stage Direction for her work with USD Opera's “The Consul” by Gian-Carlo Menotti.

Gesteland was one of 15 national finalists.

“I am incredibly honored to have received this recognition, especially for a production that was and will forever be very dear to my heart,” said Gesteland. “I am so proud of our cast, crew and artistic team who rose to the demands of this challenging work and exceeded my expectations.”

The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

USD Opera was also selected by The American Prize judges as a national finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music in 2019-20 for “The Consul.”


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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