Luther to host the Lucille Stansberry Rosholt award recital May 5

Luther will host the Lucille Stansberry Rosholt Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Scholarship recital Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall.

The recital will be followed by an award ceremony and reception. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The competition recital will feature performances by three Luther music student finalists: Charles Hoeft from Frontenac, Minn.; Bobby Ragoonanan of Lauderdale, Minn.; and Esme Wong Su Leei of Kuching, Malaysia.

The winner of the competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship funded by Robert Rosholt in honor of his wife Lucille.

Judges for the competition include coach/collaborative pianist on the faculty at Viterbo University, David Richardson, as well as Luther faculty members Rachel Ware, adjunct faculty in music, and Tarn Travers, visiting instructor of music. 

Charles Hoeft

Hoeft will perform "Youth and Love" from Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Songs of Travel," Vier Gesange, Opus 43 by Brahms and "Donne Mie la fate a tanti…" from Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte," collaborating with Luther junior Steven Halloin, baritone; "Orange Dawn" by Ian Clarke collaborating with Luther senior Daniel Gallagher, flute; and "Presto from Lowell Libermann's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Opus 39, collaborating with Luther senior Bianca Najera, flute.

Hoeft the son of Robert and Carol Hoeft of Frontenac, is majoring in music and English at Luther. He is a 2010 graduate of Lincoln High School.

Hoeft is a student of John Strauss, Luther professor of music, and Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music.

Bobby Ragoonanan

Ragoonanan will perform "A une Fontaine" and Tais-toi, babillarde" from Darius Milhaud's "Chansons de Ronsard," collaborating with Luther senior Rachel Selvig, soprano; "Hai gia vinta la causa!" from Mozart's "La Nozze di Figaro" and Joseph Szulc's "Clair de Lune," collaborating with Luther senior Evan Mitchell, baritone; and the Allegro from Jacques Casterede's Sonatine pour Trombone et Piano, collaborating with Luther senior Ben Cooper, trombone.

Ragoonanan, the son of Kathleen Proctor and Roland Ragoonanan of Lauderdale, is majoring in music at Luther. He is a 2010 graduate of Roseville Area High School.

Ragoonanan is a student of John Strauss, Luther professor of music, and Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music.

Esme Wong Su Leei

Wong will perform "St. Ita's Vision" from Samuel Barber's "The Hermit Songs," collaborating with Luther senior Jenny LeDoux, soprano; "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" from Camille Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila, Opus 47, collaborating with Luther senior Kari Jensen, mezzo-soprano; and Nadia Boulanger's "Trois Pieces" for Cello and Piano in Eb minor, collaborating with Phuc Phan, cello.

Wong, the daughter of Wong Hieng Yui and Sabrina Tnay Mee Ling of Kuching, Sarawak, is majoring in music at Luther. She is a 2007 graduate of SMK St. Teresa High School.

Wong is a student of Du Huang, Luther associate professor of music.

The competition highlights the scope and importance of the accompanist's role and is open to Luther sophomore and junior pianists who have excelled in the art of collaborative performance.

Finalists in the Lucille Stansberry Rosholt award recital must demonstrate that they have studied and performed a large number and wide range of works, can contribute equally with the soloist in rehearsal and performance, and are able to support, lead and follow in performance as the situation demands.

Rosholt taught piano, voice and music education at Luther from 1955-58. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While raising three children, she found collaborative work at the piano to be a flexible and rewarding outlet for her artistry.

Charles Hoeft
Bobby Ragoonanan
Esme Wong