Emily Dirks, Luther College senior from Monticello, Iowa, is the 2017-18 recipient of the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize. As part of the award, Dirks will perform a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
A reception will follow the performance. Both the recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Dirks, the daughter of Mark and Jeanine Dirks of Monticello, is majoring in music at Luther. She is a 2014 graduate of Monticello High School.
The recital includes "Exsultate, jubilate" by Mozart and works by Joseph Marx, Francis Poulenc, Giuseppe Verdi, Lee Hoiby and Johann Strauss II. Dirks is a voice student of Beth Ray Westlund, Luther associate professor of music, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Luther visiting assistant professor of music. She will collaborate with Shaneyfelt, piano, during the performance.
Dirks is the 16th recipient of Luther's annual Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Prize for Opera Performance. The prize carries a $6,000 cash award and was established and funded by a gift from Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos of Atherton, California. Alan Brudos, a 1955 Luther graduate and regent emeritus, is former chair of the Luther Board of Regents.
The purpose of the award is to assist talented students with the extraordinary expenses involved in the preparation and pursuit of careers in opera performance. Selection takes place during the student's junior year based on accomplishment in vocal performance and promise of an operatic career.
The Brudos Prize is one of the largest awards given for excellence in music at Luther College.
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 more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.