Evan Mitchell, a Luther college junior from Melcher-Dallas, Iowa, has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Prize for Opera Performance at Luther College. Mitchell will present the Brudos Family Opera Prize recital during the 2013-14 academic year.
Mitchell, son of Steve and Angie Mitchell of Melcher-Dallas, is majoring in music at Luther. He is a 2010 graduate of Melcher-Dallas High School. Mitchell is a student of Edwin Andereck and Jessica Paul, Luther professors of music, and Edward Corpus, Drake University teaching artist.
Presented annually to a Luther College senior, the Brudos Prize was established by Alan and Sally 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 winner is chosen by a panel of Luther voice faculty members. Selection is based on promise and quality of vocal performance.
In addition to the Opera Prize, Alan and Sally Brudos have recently established an endowed fund to offset the expenses of a guest voice master class clinician. Professor Linda Di Fiore from the University of North Texas College of Music came to inaugurate this annual event at Luther College on Feb. 14. The voice faculty of Luther's music department is very thankful to the Brudos family for their generous support and continued interest in the voice and opera program.
Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians.
Luther students perform 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.