ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 2012 Northern State University Concerto/Aria Competition will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Berggren Recital Hall of the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus.
This year, there will be 12 vocal and seven instrumental competitors. To enter the competition, a competitor must be enrolled as a full-time student at NSU in the fall 2012 semester, must be enrolled in applied lessons on their instrument or in voice, and may not be the winner of a previous AUCS concerto competition.
The instrumental winner of this year’s competition will be featured during the Feb. 24 concert of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, during which the NSU Concert Choir will perform the music of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. The vocal winner will perform in the orchestra’s April 20 concert, "A French Night at the Symphony," which also will feature guest cellist Wesley Baldwin.
Competing in the vocal category this year will be Emily Davis, Lea Kooiman, Katie Zetterlund, Paul Hoselton, Joseph Weseloh, Natalie Allcock, Kayla Stoebner, Christina Ascheman, Cody Swanson, McKenzie Betting, Jeanna Jerde and Megan Rose Case.
Competing in the instrumental category will be Bailey Geist, Derek VanDen Top, Lindsey Fluharty, John Patzlaff, Amanda Wentz, Jordan Seidel and Tyler Schwan.
Judges for this year’s competition will be Dr. Christopher Stanichar, Dr. Russell Svenningsen and Ms. Anna Vorhes, who are all faculty members at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Dr. Robert Vodnoy, conductor of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and associate professor of strings at NSU, is the coordinator of the event.
The program is free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Vodnoy at 605-626-2519 or call the Fine Arts Office at 605-626-2497.