Luther College will host the Lucille Stansberry Rosholt Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Scholarship recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
An award ceremony and reception will follow the recital. The program and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
The recital will feature the recipient of the scholarship, Luther sophomore Cynthia Heck. Heck, the daughter of Pamela and Gregory Heck, is from Maple Grove, Minnesota. She is a 2015 graduate of Perpich Arts High School.
The award highlights the scope and importance of the keyboard accompanist's role and is open to Luther sophomore and junior pianists who have excelled in the art of collaborative performance.
Finalists for the Rosholt award 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 showcase, musicians present a program of instrumental and vocal music that demonstrates their collaborative skills.
The only finalist in this year's competition was Cynthia Heck. A committee of Luther keyboard faculty members Xiao Hu, Kathryn Reed and Nicholas Shaneyfelt granted her the award based on her application materials including recordings, a repertoire list and letters of recommendation from studio teachers.
Heck 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 to 1958. 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.
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