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Gesteland to Serve as National Opera Association Board Member

Tracelyn Gesteland portrait Tracelyn Gesteland, a professor of voice/opera in the USD Department of Music, will serve a two-year term on the National Opera Association board of directors.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., professor of voice/opera in the University of South Dakota Department of Music and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair, was elected to the National Opera Association (NOA) board of directors for a two-year term.

Gesteland was elected to the board during the 2021 NOA Conference held virtually Jan. 4-6. She is one of 12 board members that consists of opera educators, directors, performers and composers from across the United States and Canada.

"It is truly an honor to be chosen by my peers to help serve such an amazing organization that does so much to promote opera and opera education around the world," Gesteland said.

The National Opera Association was founded in 1955 under the auspices of the National Music Council. The National Opera Association seeks to promote a greater appreciation of opera and music theatre, to enhance pedagogy and performing activities, and to increase performance opportunities by supporting projects that improve the scope and quality of opera. Members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia participate in a wide array of activities in support of this mission.


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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