USD music department receives National Honor Society membership The University of South Dakota department of music was recently granted charter membership in the National Music Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lambda.
Formal ceremonies for the establishment of the Theta Upsilon Chapter at USD were recently held in the Colton Recital Hall of USD's Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Participating in the charter ceremonies were Dr. Daniel Sher, dean of the School of Music at the University of Colorado-Boulder and past-president of Pi Kappa Lambda; USD Vice President of Academic Affairs Donald Dahlin, USD College of Fine Arts Dean John Day, USD Department of Music Chair Lawrence Mitchell and Theta Upsilon Chapter Secretary-Treasurer Darlene Fett, a USD professor.
Following acceptance of the charter at the ceremony, several students and faculty were inducted into the new Theta Upsilon Chapter. They included music faculty members Professor Larry Torkelson and Larry Schou as well as senior music majors Amalie Sanders of Storm Lake, IA; Sumire Watanable of Tokyo, Japan; Scott Muntefering of Mitchell and Stacy Papke of Sioux Falls.
Charter members of the new chapter include USD professors Rolf Olson, Susan Keith Gray, Frank Aiello, Schou, Torkelson and Mitchell. Additional members include USD music faculty members who have transferred their prior Pi Kappa Lambda membership to the Theta Upsilon Chapter.
As part of the charter celebration events, a recital was held featuring students who participated in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) state, regional and national music competitions. Performers included: Matthew Erickson, bass trombone; Brian Mann, marimba; Elizabeth Bennett, voice; Jayson Dobney, piano; Gretchen Burbach, voice; Valerie Mohring, horn; Mollie Sanders, alto saxophone; Angie Miller, clarinet; and Eric Eichorst, piano. Collaborative pianists included Anthony Burbach, Cindy Moritz, Elizabeth Mitchell, Susan Keith Gray and Jason Dobney.
Pi Kappa Lambda was organized in 1918 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, with a charter granted by the state of Illinois. In 1940 the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies as the representative in the field of music.