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Tracelyn teaches voice students at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. Nominated for the past four years for her university's Excellence in Teaching Award, she is a highly knowledgeable, patient teacher with a sincere love for bringing out the best in her students.  Her teaching specialties include:

  • Classical vocal technique (Italian School of Singing) for opera and art song in Italian, French, German, Latin, Spanish, and English
  • Musical theatre (Broadway) technique
  • Teaching children to sing
  • Utilizing technology and the practical  knowledge of voice science in the studio
  • Acting and dramatic interpretation of repertoire

Student Achievements

The voice students of Dr. Gesteland have achieved the following:

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS AND COMPETITIONS

  • Soprano performed chorus role in "Die Fledermaus" with Sounds of South Dakota Opera
  • Soprano won First Place in 2013 MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition (advanced to regionals)
  • Soprano won First Place in 2013 SDMTA Junior/Senior Collegiate Voice Competition
  • Soprano won Fall 2013 First Bank and Trust Lecture-Recital Competition
  • Soprano won the 2013-14 USD Concerto-Aria Competition
  • Soprano won First Place in adult division of 2013 Kansas NATS Competition
  • Soprano won First Place in regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition-- advanced to next level contest
  • Soprano won First Runner-Up in 2012 MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition
  • Tenor and Two Sopranos performed roles in "Pinocchio" with Sounds of South Dakota Opera
  • Soprano won First Place in sophomore division of 2013 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won First Place in musical theatre division of 2013 SD NATS
  • Soprano won Second Place in graduate division of 2013 SD NATS
  • Soprano won Third Place in junior division of 2013 SD NATS
  • Soprano won Third Place in sophomore division of 2013 SD NATS
  • Mezzo won Third Place in freshman division of 2013 SD NATS
  • Soprano won Honorable Mention in senior division of 2013 SD NATS
  • Three sopranos won Honorable Mention in music theatre division of 2013 SD NATS
  • Soprano won the 2012-13 USD Concerto-Aria Competition
  • Soprano won the Spring 2013 First Bank and Trust Lecture-Recital Competition
  • Baritone performed supporting role in "Die Zauberfloete" with Sounds of South Dakota Opera
  • Five sopranos performed chorus roles in "Die Zauberfloete" with Sounds of South Dakota Opera
  • Soprano won First Place in graduate division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in senior division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Baritone won Second Place in junior/senior division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in sophomore division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in freshman division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Tenor won First Place in musical theatre division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won First Place in musical theatre division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in musical theatre division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Third Place in musical theatre division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Honorable Mention in musical theatre division of 2012 SD NATS Competition
  • Tenor and Soprano won 2012 First Bank and Trust Lecture-Recital Competition
  • Soprano performed supporting role in "Gianni Schicchi" with Sounds of South Dakota Opera
  • Tenor performed as professional soloist with Black Hills Symphony
  • Bass-Baritone and Soprano won the 2012 USD Concerto/Aria Competition
  • Mezzo won First Place in 2011 South Dakota Music Teachers Association Competition
  • Baritone won Honorable Mention in 2011 SD Music Teachers Association Competition
  • Soprano performed supporting role in "I Can't Stand Wagner" with Sounds of SD Opera
  • Tenor won First Place in graduate division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in senior division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Mezzo won Honorable Mention in senior division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Honorable Mention in senior division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in junior division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Baritone won Honorable Mention in junior division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Mezzo won Second Place in sophomore division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Tenor won Second Place in freshman division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in freshman division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won First Place in musical theatre division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in musical theatre division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Third Place in musical theatre division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Tenor won First Place in musical theatre division of 2011 SD NATS Competition
  • Baritone won 2011 First Bank and Trust Lecture-Recital Competition
  • Soprano won the 2011 USD Concerto/Aria Competition
  • Soprano played leading musical role with Lamb Theatre in Sioux City, IA
  • Seven singers performed in scenes and a master class at the 2011 National Opera Convention
  • Mezzo won Honorable Mention in 2010 SD Music Teachers Association Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in 2010 SD Music Teachers Association Competion
  • Soprano and Mezzo won 2010 First Bank and Trust Lecture-Recital Competition
  • Tenor and Mezzo selected as soloists in "Messiah" with USD Chamber Orchestra
  • Soprano won Second Place in graduate division of 2010 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Third Place in senior division of 2010 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won First Place in junior division of 2010 SD NATS Competition
  • Mezzo won Honorable Mention in junior division of 2010 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Third Place in sophomore division of 2010 SD NATS Competition
  • Mezzo won Honorable Mention in sophomore division of 2010 SD NATS Competition
  • Baritone won Third Place in sophomore division of 2010 SD NATS Competition
  • Mezzo and Soprano tied for Second Place in freshman division of 2010 SD NATS
  • Mezzo won Honorable Mention in freshman division of 2009 SD NATS Competition
  • Tenor won First Place in freshman division of 2009 SD NATS Competition
  • Tenor won Third Place in freshman division of 2009 SD NATS Competition
  • Soprano won Second Place in the 2008 Olshan Young Vocal Artist Competition

GRADUATE AND YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS

  • Soprano accepted into a DMA Vocal Performance program on full scholarship
  • Soprano accepted into a MM Vocal Performance program on partial opera scholarship
  • Tenor accepted as vocal apprentice for Berkshire Choral Festival, Sheffield, MA
  • Baritone performed at Accademia d'Amore in Seattle, WA
  • Baritone performed at Amherst Early Music Festival in Connecticut
  • Tenor accepted into a  DMA Vocal Performance program on full scholarship
  • Soprano performed at Si canta, si parla program in Italy
  • Soprano performed at Schumann Liederfest in Germany
  • Baritone performed at Vancouver Early Music Festival in Canada
  • Baritone performed at Madison Early Music Festival in Wisconsin
  • Soprano performed at Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg
  • Soprano accepted as a Berkshire Scholar at the Berkshire Choral Festival
  • Soprano accepted to Lied Austria

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Several students performed leading roles with the University of South Dakota Opera
  • Students performed with Vermillion Community Theatre
  • Students performed with Yankton Community Theatre
  • Several students performed solos in "Opera for Everyone" aria recital at Akron Opera House
  • Several students were members of the USD Chamber Singers and served as section leaders
  • Several students performed on guest master classes
  • Several students performed at the South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival
  • Several students participated in the Gesteland Studio Showcase
  • Several students are soloists and members of their church choirs

 

 

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