ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University musicians took a host of honors –
including three first place awards – at last weekend’s South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.
A total of 29 Northern students competed in nine divisions at the competition, held at South Dakota State University. Megan Rose Case, Scranton, N.D., placed first in the senior women division; Anthony Rohr, Dickinson, N.D., placed first in the senior men division; and Emily Davis, Aberdeen, placed first in the junior women division. Davis also received honorable mention in the women’s musical theater division.
A total of 132 students competed from NSU, SDSU, the University of South Dakota, Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. All NSU students who competed came from the studios of Northern music faculty members Dr. Darci Bultema and Michael Skyles.
“‘I'm so proud’ doesn't even come close to how I feel about our students right now,”
said Bultema, who was also the auditions coordinator for the competition. “The overall quality of competitors and number of students continues to grow at the annual competition, and this year, the auditions were quite competitive. All of our students rose to the occasion yesterday, and while some did not advance to the final rounds, the educational experience is a thousand-fold.”
A list of other NSU finalists and winners follows:
Third: Larissa Buchholz, Tripp
Honorable mention: Yvonne Freese, Lanesboro, Minn.
Second: Jacob Ebsen, Milbank
Third: Joseph Weseloh, Watertown
Second: Natalie Allcock, Britton
Honorable mention: Kayla Stoebner, Aberdeen
Honorable mention: Eli Corbett, Lead
Honorable mention: Jonathan Miller, Kimball
Second: Kaitlin Buchholz, Tripp
Honorable mention: Heather Kelsey, South St. Paul, Minn.
Third: Salvatore Scavo, Hightstown, N.J.
Musical theater women:
Second: Yvonne Freese
Musical theater men:
Honorable mention: Paul Hoselton, Fargo, N.D.
Honorable mention: Benjamin Villa, Rapid City