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USD to host South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival


VERMILLION, S.D. (KELO AM) -- The University of South Dakota is hosting the 2013 South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival on Thursday, Nov. 7 with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Aalfs Auditorium to conclude the day-long event for quad-state area high school singers.

The South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival features workshops for solo and choral singers as well as performances by the USD Opera, Chamber Singers, voice and piano faculty, and USD student soloists. Afternoon activities include a Young Artist Solo Vocal Competition and combined choir rehearsals.  Two guest choirs, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School Concert Choir under the direction of Linda Conrad and Kathy Ferguson, and the Sioux City East High School Chamber Choir directed by Serina Jolivette, will also perform at the 7:30 p.m. concert along with winners of the festival’s solo competition and combined choir. 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. For more information about the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, please contact Gesteland, South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival Director at Tracelyn.Gesteland@usd.edu.