Performances highlight SD Vocal Arts Festival at USD

The University of South Dakota will host the 2010 South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, June 18-27.

The South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival is an intensive 10-day summer training program for graduate and undergraduate collegiate singers as well as high school singers ages 16 and up. Participants will receive voice lessons, instruction in music business, auditioning, as well as acting and movement for singers. Additionally, singers will perform staged scenes from opera, operetta and musical theatre.

Festival performances, featuring performers from as far away as Washington D.C., are Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, located at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Saturday's performance is a show for a children's audience, featuring songs from Disney movies and lighthearted scenes from musicals while the Sunday, June 27 performance includes scenes from opera and musical theatre.

Admission is free for both performances, which will be directed by USD music faculty Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland and Professor Rick Piersall. The head coach/accompanist is Dr. Kristine Bengtson of Madison, Wis., and USD students Scott Arens and Adrian Ries are apprentice accompanists.

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

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