American mezzo-soprano, is an active performer on the opera, concert and recital stage. Referred to by reviewers as "remarkable" and "an engaging and versatile singing actress," she enjoys
interpreting standard repertoire in addition to championing contemporary music. On the operatic stage, Dr. Gesteland has created several roles in world premiere productions including the title role in
Strega Nona with Houston Grand Opera, the Nurse in Diagnosis: Diabetes and the Haunted Woman in Walking on Air with the Contemporary Opera Lab of Winnipeg, Canada, and Hortence in
Die Operette mit Schlag with the Lone Star Lyric Theatre. She has also performed many major standard roles including Meg in Little Women, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi
(Stoughton Opera); Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, La Mère d'Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Atlantic Coast Opera); Rosina in
Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Carmen (Vocal Arts Group of Chicago); Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Joanne in I Can't Stand Wagner (Sounds of South Dakota Opera); Mother in
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Houston Opera Project); Aréthuze in La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers (Ars Lyrica Houston); Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Hermia in
A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Princess Linetta in The Love for Three Oranges (Moores Opera Center). Favorite musical theatre roles include Lily in The Secret Garden, Julie Jordan in
Carousel, and Marian in The Music Man. Most recently, she performed the role of Zweite Dame in Die Zauberfloete with Sounds of South Dakota and the South Dakota Symphony starring
Samuel Ramey. Upcoming performances include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Sounds of South Dakota and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti at the National Music Museum.
On the concert
stage, she has appeared most recently with the South Dakota Symphony performing Rosina's arias and duets from Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah. Other
recent concert performances include featured appearances with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Nachitoches-Northwestern Symphony, Elgin Opera, Harrower Opera, Rawlins Piano Trio, and
National Opera Association (U.S.A.). She has also performed as a professional chorister in the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the batons of Barenboim, Mehta, Boulez, Penderecki, and Wolff.
Her sacred concert repertoire includes the mezzo and alto solos in Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Vivaldi's Gloria,
and Rutter's Magnificat.
An avid recitalist, Dr. Gesteland frequently performs across the U.S.A. by invitation, most recently at the historic Lambs' Club in New York City, as part of the
Music at St. Paul's concert series in Englewood, New Jersey, and as a featured performer at the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival in Houston, Texas and the Song Collaborator's Consortia in Canyon,
Texas. She has also recently given recitals in Winnipeg, Canada, as well as venues in Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, and Nebraska. Her schedule for 2014
includes recitals at Rollins College, Dordt College, West Virginia University, and the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Gesteland currently serves on the music faculty of the University of South
Dakota, the state's flagship university. She instructs Applied Voice for graduate and undergraduate students, Vocal Pedagogy, Song Literature, and Diction and directs the USD Opera. She
co-founded and directs the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival and serves as the President of the South Dakota chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has given scholarly
presentations for several organizations, including the 2013 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia; the Hawaii International Conference on Education in 2013; the National Opera
Association's national convention in 2011; regional College Music Society conferences in 2010 and 2011; the South Dakota Music Teachers Association in 2011; and the University of South Dakota's Choral
Director's Institute from 2009-13. She was chosen as an opera directing apprentice for the Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta in 2009 and was the stage and music director of USD Opera's "Dido and
Aeneas," which won second prize in the American Prize Competition for Opera Performance and third prize in the National Opera Association's Collegiate Opera Production Competition.
to her appointment at USD, she served on the vocal/choral faculties of Texas Southern University, DePaul University, Chicago Children's Choir, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, and the Musician's Residency
Program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, She holds voice performance degrees from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music (D.M.A.), Roosevelt University (M.M.), and the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.M.).