Luther senior Matthew Stump to present Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize recital April 21

April 11, 2012

Matthew Lyn Stump, a Luther College senior from Goshen, Ind., will present the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize recital Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

Stump is the 2011-12 recipient of the Brudos Family Opera Prize. He will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Charles Gounod, Émile Paladilhe, Camille Saint-Saëns and Verdi.

A reception will follow the performance. Both the recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Stump, the son of Courtney and Christena Stump of Goshen, is majoring in music at Luther. He is a 2008 graduate of Fairfield High School.

A voice student of David Judisch and Jessica Paul, Luther professors of music, Stump is the 10th recipient of the Brudos Prize. He will be accompanied by Paul on piano.  

Presented annually to a Luther senior, the Brudos Prize was established by Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos to support students of outstanding ability and achievement who are preparing for careers in opera performance. The prize includes a $5,000 award.

The purpose of the award is to assist talented senior students with the extraordinary expenses involved in the preparation and pursuit of careers in opera performance. Selection is based on the student's quality of vocal performance and promise of an operatic career. The Brudos Prize is the largest award given for excellence in music at Luther.

Alan Brudos, a 1955 Luther graduate and regent emeritus, is former chair of the Luther Board of Regents.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians.

Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.