Music Awards

During Luther College Homecoming weekend, two alumni musicians and two current music students are honored during the Homecoming Concert. This year, we are proud to recognize these honorees as a part of the Virtual Homecoming events.

Alumni Awards

Weston H. Noble Award: Eric Melear ‘95
Weston Noble served on the music faculty of Luther College from 1948 to 2005. For the fifty-seven years that Mr. Noble served as a teacher and conductor at Luther College, he transformed this community of music. The college grew in numbers, in national reputation, and he became a leader in training trailblazers in the field of music education. This award was established in 2004 and honors music educators who continue the legacy of Weston Noble, a man who influenced vocal music education in America and around the world. An award winner is chosen each year by a Luther College voice and choral faculty nomination process and selection panel.

Carlo A. Sperati Award: Dan Mollick ‘00 Carlo A. Sperati, a pillar of Luther College and a pillar of the Lutheran music tradition, was the conductor of the Luther College Concert Band from 1905 – 1943. During his time at Luther, he led the Concert Band on extended European tours, helping it win international acclaim. In the spirit of this great man, Luther College is pleased to honor an alum each year who as an instrumental music educator has enjoyed a most distinguished career and has made a most significant contribution to Luther College. An award winner is chosen each year by a Luther College instrumental faculty nomination process and selection panel.

Student Awards

Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Award: Isabella Searcy The Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize for Orchestra Performance is given annually to a senior member of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. The $7,500 scholarship is funded through an endowment established from Richard '64 and Joann (Harr) Hemp '65. Richard is a regent emeritus, former chair of the Luther Board of Regents and former Interim President of Luther College. Selection of recipients is made through an audition process. The prize awards students of exceptional performance, talent, musicianship and leadership.

Presser Scholar Award: Zachariah Mayer The Presser Scholar Award was established in 1939 by the Presser Foundation in honor of Theodore Presser, the publisher of Etude music magazine and founder of the music publishing firm bearing his name. The award, funded by a monetary gift from the Presser Foundation of Haverford, Pennsylvania, is presented annually to a current Luther music major chosen by music faculty vote by consideration of excellence and merit. Luther is proud to have more than 50 Presser Scholars among its music alumni.

These award winners will be honored during the 2020 Virtual Homecoming Concert on Sunday, October 11 on the Luther College Music Department YouTube Channel. There will also be a Headlines article about the award winners as well released the week of October 11.