BHSU music students to perform competition-winning selections

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, January 5, 2015/Categories: 2015

Black Hills State University students Kirk Hauck and Cody Pepitone will perform the vocal programs they recently presented at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition in Sioux Falls.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The MTNA Young Artist Vocal Competition provides an educational experience for students and teachers, as well as recognizes talented young artists in their pursuit of musical excellence. Hauck, a music and psychology major form Spearfish, won a first-place award and Pepitone, music education major from Spearfish, received an honorable mention. Hauck advanced to the MTNA regional contest, which is on Jan. 11 in Fargo, N.D.

Hauck and Pepitone performed eight selections for the contest. The selections included two arias, one German Lied, one French M&eacutelodie, and one 20th century English art song. The remaining three pieces could be any song of the performer&rsquos choice.

Dr. Nancy Roberts, association professor of music at BHSU, said the competition was a huge feat for both performers and that the BHSU concert is an excellent opportunity for the public to hear a performance of this nature.

"Kirk and Cody had to discover what repertoire best showed off their voices and finding this many pieces to do that was difficult," Roberts said. "And of course it&rsquos a big memory feat. All the music is memorized. There&rsquos so much that goes into a program of this nature."

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