Micah Perry, a junior music education major at South Dakota State University, has qualified to compete in the national preliminary round of the National Student Auditions organized by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Perry, of Brookings, is one of 14 regional winners. He submitted his recorded submission for the North Central Regional competition (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) in March and got the results April 4. The national competition, which was to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, this summer now will be done with video submissions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the regional contest, Perry sang four pieces—an aria, a chanson, which is a lyric-driven French song, a lieder, which is German poetry put to music; and a 20th century selection. At the national contest, he will sing the exact same repertoire.
Perry, who aspires to perform professionally, said, “We had hesitation about registering for an online competition back in March. Now that COVID-19 has taken away every live performance opportunity, not only has this become a surprise advancement, but it has become the last chance I have to compete during my junior year.”
His instructor, Laura Diddle, director of choral activities at SDSU, said, “As his voice teacher, I'm so excited to see where this young man will go with his beautiful voice. Being a regional winner for the National Association of Teachers of Singing is a magnificent accomplishment. He is ready to compete in the national competition and is looking forward to the comments from the national adjudicators.
“I am so happy for Micah. He is such a hard worker, really thrives in competition and seeks opportunities to challenge himself daily.”
Perry spent one month in Salzburg, Austria, this past summer as part of the Austrian American Mozart Academy. He also was in a program hosted by Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in June 2019.