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Freese, VanDenTop named winners of NSU concerto/aria competition
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Yvonne Freese was the vocal winner and Derek VanDenTop was the instrumental winner at Northern State University’s 2013-14 Concerto/Aria Competition, held Thursday in Krikac Auditorium.
 
Freese, a soprano from Lanesboro, Minn., performed Mozart’s “Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” from “Die Zauberflote.” Mary Marion accompanied her on piano.
  
VanDenTop, of Canton, performed Paul Creston’s “Saxophone Concerto, Movement I: Energetic.” William Wieland accompanied him on piano.
 
Each winner now has the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony on Sunday, April 27.
 
With eight instrumental and 17 vocal competitors, Thursday’s event was one of the largest and most competitive, said Dr. Robert Vodnoy, conductor of the AUCS and professor of strings and music history at NSU.  This was Vodnoy’s ninth year organizing the event.
 
Thursday’s judges were Russell Svenningsen, assistant professor of music at Augustana College; Christopher Stanichar, associate professor and director of orchestras at Augustana College; and Matthew Makeever, who has been assistant conductor of the Montana State University Symphony Orchestra and Brass Choir, and was recently a guest conductor for the MSU wind ensemble.
 
 
Photos, from top: Instrumental competitors; judges with instrumental winner Derek VanDenTop, third from left; judges with vocal winner Yvonne Freese, second from left; vocal competitors.