Submitted by Elissa Dickey on Fri, 11/18/2022 - 10:53
2022 Concerto-aria winners Megan Dockter and Eli Houdyshell

ABERDEEN, S.D. Winners have been announced for the 2022 Northern State University Concerto-Aria Competition.


Megan Dockter of Watertown was named instrumental winner, and Eli Houdyshell of Pierre was named vocal winner.


Dockter, who plays the clarinet, is a student of Dr. Audrey Miller. She performed Scott McAllister’s X Concerto, 2nd Movement: “To the Pines… To the Pines.”


Houdyshell, a tenor, is a student of Mr. Michael Skyles. He performed George Frideric Handel’s “Love Sounds the Alarm” from Acis and Galatea.


Both students will now appear with the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in the JFAC Jewett Theater. 


The Concerto-Aria Competition, held Tuesday in the Johnson Fine Arts Center, was judged by Mr. Robert Cantrell, Maestro Thomas Fortner and Ms. Beth Neitzert. Honorable mention winners were Madison March, trumpet, and Hannah Gasperich, mezzo-soprano.


About Northern State University


Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions