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Tracelyn Gesteland and Brandon Hendrickson to give vocal performance at Dordt College

August 27, 2014


Dordt College invites the community to attend the guest recital of mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland and baritone Brandon Hendrickson, vocal musicians and faculty in the South Dakota State University music program, accompanied by pianist Susan Keith Gray. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on Saturday, September 13.

Called “remarkable” and “an engaging and versatile singing actress,” Gesteland directs the USD Opera, co-founded and directs the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, and serves as the president for the South Dakota chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Gesteland was chosen as an opera directing apprentice for the Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta and has won national awards for her opera direction at USD, including second place in the 2013 American Prize in Opera Performance competition and third place in the 2012 Collegiate Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association. She holds a master of music degree from Roosevelt University (Chicago) and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Houston.

Hendrickson’s recent credits include debuts with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Helena Symphony Orchestra, Sounds of South Dakota, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Charleston Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, and more. Hendrickson was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has participated in the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Program for three festival seasons. He holds a master of music degree and a doctor of musical arts from Louisiana State University.

Gray has performed throughout the United States, South America, Norway, South Africa, Japan, Panama, Taiwan, and Thailand. An acclaimed collaborative pianist, she is a member of the University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio and the Kobayashi/Gray Duo. Gray is a recipient of the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching at USD, where she teaches piano and pedagogy and founded and directs the graduate program in Collaborative Piano. She holds a doctor of musical arts from the University of Michigan.

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