ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University senior Brandon Sieck will present his honors thesis in a joint lecture and recital, “Tracing the Roots of the Modern Countertenor,” on March 20.
The performance, which will begin at 5 p.m. in Berggren Recital Hall, is free and open to the public.
In addition to his lecture, Sieck will sing three pieces in countertenor, the highest male voice classification: “In Darkness Let Me Dwell” by John Dowland, “Che faro senza Euridice” from the opera Orfeo by Gluck, and “Oliver Cromwell” by Benjamin Britten. Mary Marion will provide accompaniment.
Sieck was raised in Onida, S.D., by Don and Mary Sieck. He graduated from Sully Buttes High School in 2010, and because he had been an active participant in summer music programs, Northern seemed a good choice to pursue his degree.
“I had worked with many professors from Northern, so I knew the kind of music program it offered,” he said.
Sieck will graduate with a vocal and instrumental (French horn) music education degree and a minor in theater. He plans to attend graduate school.