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Students place in MTNA, SDMTA competitions

Five South Dakota State University students recently won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition or a South Dakota Music Teachers Association Collegiate Audition for their respective category. Two others placed in the competitions.

Individuals who won a MTNA Young Artist Competition advance to a virtual regional competition in December. Regional winners advance to the national competition in March.  

Students winning were:

  • Ethan Dingman, sophomore, music education, Sioux Falls, SDMTA woodwind;
  • Matthew Dulas, sophomore, music, Pipestone, Minnesota, SDMTA brass;
  • Micah Perry, senior, music education, Brookings, MTNA voice;
  • William Reynolds, junior, music education, Brookings, MTNA brass; and
  • Abby Turner, sophomore, music education, Miller, SDMTA voice.

Students also earning recognitions were:

  • Liz Pauli, senior, music education, Madison, first alternate, MTNA brass; and
  • Cadence Helleson, sophomore, music, Sioux Falls, runner-up, SDMTA woodwind.

“The School of Performing Arts is recognized for the excellence of its programs and the achievements of its faculty and students. I wish to congratulate each of these students and their teachers. Professors Yiqun Chen, Laura Diddle, Kevin Kessler, David Reynolds and Michael Walsh have continued to excel in their teaching studios despite the unprecedented challenges of these exceptional times,” said Lynn Sargeant, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.