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BHSU music students win first place awards at state singing competition

Two Black Hills State University seniors placed first in the second annual South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.

Music education major Ashton VandenHoek, Jamestown Mich., took first place in the senior women’s division. After graduating from BHSU, VandenHoek plans to pursue her master’s in vocal performance at North Dakota State University with a full tuition paid assistanceship.

Tyler Raad, music and theatre major from Spearfish, took first place in the graduate division. Raad competed in the graduate division since he won the senior men’s category at last year’s competition.

Six other BHSU students also competed: Melinda Christiansen, senior elementary education major from Pierre; Kim Ulmen, senior instrumental music major Kadoka; Sean Sutton, sophomore vocal music major from Spearfish; Tara Warren, senior vocal music major from Spearfish; Kathleen McDougall, sophomore vocal music major from Gillette, Wyo.; and Jamie Williams, senior vocal music major from Gillette, Wyo.

“This was an exciting opportunity for us as it is only the second annual competition. We were very proud to make such a fine showing. All of the students did well and received great comments,” states Nancy Roberts, assistant professor of music.

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