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Three BHSU students accepted to opera institute

Three Black Hills State University students have been accepted to the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute, held at BHSU June 13-26. Tyler Raad, senior speech communication and music major from Spearfish; Ashton VandenHoek, senior vocal music major from Jamestown, Mich.; and Sean Sutton, sophomore vocal music major from Sioux Falls, have all been accepted to the institute.

Three Black Hills State University students have been accepted to the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute for this summer. The institute is part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of Arts and will be held on the BHSU campus June 13-26.

Tyler Raad, senior speech communication and music major from Spearfish; Sean Sutton, sophomore vocal music major from Sioux Falls; and Ashton VandenHoek, senior vocal music major from Jamestown, Mich., have all been accepted to the institute.

During the last four years Raad has been active in theatre productions and vocal competitions. He recently won his division at the second annual South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. Raad also recently directed and starred in the opera “Dido and Aeneas,” held at BHSU.
For the past two years Sutton has competed in state vocal competitions and has been an active member of the music department on campus.

VandenHoek has been active in the music department on campus and has participated in numerous vocal competitions in the state. She recently took first place in the senior division of the second annual South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.


This two week institute, which draws students from across the nation, offers a concentrated study in a supportive environment, with intensive individual attention offered by the faculty.

Participants will work in an ensemble atmosphere where the camaraderie develops an important understanding of future rapport with colleagues, coaches and those in charge of opera production. It is designed to help students prepare for a professional career by offering courses in body movement, stage presence, diction and interpretation and the business of music with staged performances, recitals and master classes.

Several public performances are planned during the Institute, for details on all performances visit www.BHSU.edu/Arts.

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