Duffield, Schaefer, Becht to hold senior recital on Oct. 29

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Nyssa Duffield, Colton Schaefer and Lexi Becht will hold a senior recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Northern State University Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater.

Duffield, the daughter of Dennis and Peggy Duffield, grew up in Browns Valley, Minn., graduating from Sisseton High School in 2014.

Schaefer, the son of Robert Schaefer and Marlys Schaefer, grew up in Wilmot, graduating from Wilmot High School in 2014.

Becht, the daughter of Doug and Myrna Becht, grew up in Clear Lake, graduating from Deuel High School in 2014.

Duffield, an instrumental music education major, plays percussion. She will perform “Prelude No. 1 Mi Menor (E Minor)” by Ney Rosauro, “Londonderry Aire” by Victor Feldman and “English Suite: Part I-Prelude, Part V-Bourree I” by William Kraft.

Schaefer, an instrumental music education major, plays the trumpet and is a tenor. He will perform “Rustiques” by Eugene Bozza, “Hindemith Trumpet Sonata” by Paul Hindemith, “Bugler's Holiday” by Leroy Anderson, “Ideale” by Francesco Paolo, “Tosti Torna a Surriento” by Ernesto de Curtis and “Mattinata” by Ruggiero Leoncavallo. He will be accompanied by Dr. Allan Jacobson.

Becht, a music performance major, is a soprano. She will perform “Aria di Rosina” by Franz Joseph Haydn; “Lachen und Weinen,” “Standchen” and “Heidenroslein” by Franz Schubert; “Si mes vers avaient des ailes,” “L’heue exquise” and “Mai” by Reynaldo Hahn; and “My Name is Barbara,” “I’m a Person Too” and “I Hate Music” by Leonard Bernstein. She will be accompanied by Mary Marion.

Duffield has studied under Dr. Terry Beckler during her time at NSU. She will graduate from Northern in the spring. After graduation, she plans to go into the education field and lead a band program in South Dakota. Her ultimate goal is to end up as a middle school band teacher, which will harness her passion for beginning bands.

“I came to Northern because of its outstanding music faculty. There is really no university this close to home that provides the opportunities Northern does for music students,” mentioned Duffield about her choice to attend NSU.

Schaefer has studied under Dr. Grant Manhart, Dr. Rolf Olson and Dr. Marla Fogderud during his time at NSU. He will graduate from Northern in the spring. He plans to teach high school band and hopes to work towards a master’s degree after graduation.

“I wanted to study music education, so NSU was the best option for me. It was a smaller size of a school and I really wanted to study trumpet with Dr. Manhart. Through the years of studying, I have found that all of the faculty are excellent to learn from and I have started taking lessons from several different people in a few different areas including voice, trumpet and conducting,” remarked Schaefer.

Becht has studied under Dr. Darci Bultema during her time at NSU. She will graduate from Northern in December. She plans to get married in February and move to Milbank after graduation. From here, she would like to further her entertainment business, “but we will just have to see where The Lord takes us,” mentioned Becht.

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