ABERDEEN, S.D. – Vocalists Alexa Overweg and Kayla Helder star in their senior recitals beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in Krikac Auditorium at Northern State University.
Overweg, the daughter of Dan and Corinne Overweg, is a senior at NSU studying music education. She said she has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Northern, and always has enjoyed being a part of the different ensembles.
“Not only did we make beautiful music, but we also had the opportunity to personally connect with fellow musicians, and those memories are something I will hold near and dear forever,” Overweg said.
Overweg said she chose Northern because of its great atmosphere and caring faculty. “People truly care for you here – it is a home away from home.”
A mezzo soprano vocalist, Overweg said she has enjoyed studying under music professor Dr. Darci Bultema. Her immediate future plans include her wedding and a job search. Overweg hopes to obtain a K-12 choral position in a rural school or general music position in an elementary school, but says she "will be more than happy to go wherever the road takes her."
Helder, also a senior mezzo soprano vocalist and music education major, is the daughter of Fred and Karen Burns from Brookings. Helder said she enjoys all that Northern has to offer, especially in the music department, and appreciates the small class sizes that make it possible for the faculty to learn about and care for each student. She, too, said she has enjoyed studying under music professor Dr. Darci Bultema.
“Being a music major, we start as a group and end as a group," said Helder. "We have shared good times and of course the bad, we have learned many lessons, and have grown together because of it all. Relationships between students and even teachers and students make for an incredible learning experience.”
Helder said she plans to teach, settle down with her husband and start a family.
The recital will be open to students and the community and is free of charge.