ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University students Megan Rose Case and Amy Louise Wietgrefe will have their senior recital at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Berggren Recital Hall.
Case will sing and Wietgrefe will play the clarinet. The recital is free and open to the public.
Case grew up in Scranton, N.D., and graduated from Scranton High School in 2009. She is the daughter of Melissa Case of Scranton. Wietgrefe grew up in Britton and graduated from Britton-Hecla High School in 2008. She is the daughter of Lana Wietgrefe of Britton and Neal and Julie Wietgrefe of Aberdeen.
Case, whose vocal classification is mezzo soprano, is majoring in vocal and instrumental music education. She studied with Dr. Darci Bultema. Wietgrefe, who is majoring in instrumental and vocal music education, studied with Dr. Alan LaFave.
Case said she chose to attend Northern because it was close enough to home, and the music program and faculty were very supportive.
“I felt at home after my first visit to NSU,” she said.
Wietgrefe said she chose to attend Northern because the environment of NSU is very friendly.
“The music department seems like family, and the professors’ doors are open when students have questions or need advice,” she said.
Case’s most enjoyable and memorable experience at Northern was the last choir tour she had as a junior. The group traveled to schools in South Dakota, and she had fun performing as “Carmen” in the Carmen Quintet.
“It was some of the high school students’ first time hearing part of an opera performance, and it was really rewarding,” she said. “I also performed with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble on that tour, and we blew the students away with our rendition of Steve Zegree's ‘Ray's Rockhouse.’ It was a great time with my friends and fellow students and a wonderful culmination of all our hard work!”
For Wietgrefe, being a member of The Marching Wolves was both enjoyable and memorable, especially when she was given the opportunity to be drum major this fall.
“We know how to have a good time but also know when to get down to business to work towards putting on a great show for our fans,” she said. “I love showing people how awesome NSU is through the spirit of our marching band; it gave me great school spirit and I made a lot of friends in the process!”
Both students will graduate in spring 2013. Case’s future plans are to audition for master’s programs to achieve a degree in vocal performance. Wietgrefe’s future plans are to teach secondary music, have a family and possibly get her master’s in instrumental conducting.
“I am very excited to get out there and teach my students the importance and the love of music that I learned about when I was young,” she said.
Photo: Wietgrefe (left) and Case.