Throughout the day, beginning at 8 a.m., students will have an opportunity to participate in workshops geared toward both the solo and choral singer, and attend performances by the USD Opera, Chamber Singers, voice and piano faculty, and student soloists. Afternoon events include a solo voice competition as well as a concert featuring the competition winners, two guest choirs and a combined festival choir at 4 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Workshop presenters include Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., assistant professor in voice/opera at USD, Brandon Hendrickson, D.M.A., assistant professor in voice/opera at USD, David Holdhusen, Ph.D., director of choral activities at USD, and Susan Keith Gray, D.M.A., professor of music at USD. More than 160 students are registered to attend the festival, which will include featured choral performances from the Brookings High School Concert Choir under the director of Denise Perry and the Elk Point-Jefferson High School Concert Choir under the direction of Dustin Rusche.

For more information about the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, please contact the USD Department of Music at (605) 677-5274 or visit

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