Luther College will host the Lucille Stansberry Rosholt Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Scholarship recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
The recital will be followed by an award ceremony and reception. The program and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
The competition recital will feature performances by three Luther music student finalists: Shayla DeJong, sophomore from New Sharon, Iowa; Wesley Frye, sophomore from Tinley Park, Ill.; and Caleb Sander, junior from Newton, Iowa.
The Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Award 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. In the finalist's competition recital they will each present a 15-20 minute program of instrumental and vocal music that demonstrates their collaborative skills.
A winner will be selected by a panel of judges immediately following the performances. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship funded by Robert Rosholt in honor of his wife Lucille. Lucille 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.
The panel of judges includes guest judge Timothy Schorr, professor and dean of fine arts at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., and Luther music faculty Kristin Hightower, adjunct faculty in music, and John Cord, assistant professor of music.
Hightower received a bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University, and master and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has had many solo engagements throughout Los Angeles, Texas and Europe. Hightower enjoys singing oratorio literature and music of the 18th century. She has performed many soprano solos and roles with many different orchestras.
Cord received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, a master's degree from Yale University's School of Music and a doctoral degree from the University of North Texas. He has played trumpet in more than 30 professional symphony orchestras in the United States as well as several touring Broadway shows and other groups such as the Tanglewood Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, DFW Metropolitan Ballet, and the Wringling Brother's Barnum and Bailey's Circus Band.
Schorr received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University, and master and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati College's Conservatory of Music. Schorr is active as a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Europe, and has been a concerto soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Terre Haute Symphony. He has also served as an opera coach-accompanist for the Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera and Whitewater Opera.