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.