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BHSU students receive honors at state competition

Black Hills State University music students received honors at a state-wide competition. Competitors include, right to left, Jessica Finch, senior from Rapid City; Tyler Raad, junior from Spearfish; Ashton VandenHoek, senior from Jamestown, Mich.; Sean Sutton, freshman from Sioux Falls; Jamie Williams, senior from Gillette, Wyo.; and not pictured Luke Temple, sophomore from Burlington, Wis.

Six Black Hills State University music students received honors at the state-wide competition at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, sponsored by the South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA).

Top students were selected to perform a program memorized pieces. Tyler Raad, junior from Spearfish, placed second in the vocal division at the competition, while Jamie Williams, senior from Gillette, Wyo., received an honorable mention in the same division. Pianist Jessica Finch, senior from Rapid City, received an honorable mention in the collegiate piano division. Ashton VandenHoek, senior from Jamestown, Mich., received an honorable mention in her division in the SDMTA competition. VandenHoek was among eight vocalists who all sing at graduate level. Tenor Sean Sutton, freshman from Sioux Falls, was a participant in the Collegiate Voice, and Luke Temple, sophomore from Burlington, Wis., participated in the Collegiate Composition

Dr. Janeen Larsen, BHSU professor of music, serves president of SDMTA, and Dr. Nancy Roberts, BHSU assistant professor of music, serves as chair of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competitions.

Raad said, “It was a great experience. All of the work that I did paid off, and I felt well prepared. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of the music faculty – especially Dr. Roberts, Dr. Larsen, and Dr. Nero. I don’t think I would have been able to get this much personal assistance from any other music department.”

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