Luther College will host the Lucille Stansberry Rosholt Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Scholarship recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
The recital will be followed by an award ceremony and reception. The concert and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
The recital features performances by two pianists for the $1,250 scholarship. Each finalist will perform a 15-20 minute program of instrumental and vocal music that demonstrates his or her collaborative skills.
Joshua Burniece, Luther sophomore, is the son of Bruce and Belinda Burniece. He is majoring in music at Luther. He will perform "Allerseelen" by Richard Strauss, "Piangerò la sorte mia" by George Frideric Händel, and Sonata in D minor, Op. 49, 2nd movement by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Garrett O'Connell, Luther junior, is the son of Byron and Jacque O'Connell. He is completing a music major with a music education minor at Luther. He will perform "Trumpet Concerto" by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, "Adele's Laughing Song" by Johann Strauss, "Laurie's Song" by Aaron Copland, "La belle au bois dormant" by Claude Debussy and "Ophelia's Song" by Jake Heggie. O'Connell will be assisted by Luther students Oliver Leafblad, Brenna Sherman and Amanda Brobst. He is a student of Heather Armstrong, Luther associate professor of music.
The winner will be selected by a panel of judges immediately following the performances.
The panel of judges includes guest judge Robin Guy, professor of collaborative piano at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Deborah Gover, Luther assistant professor of music and member of the voice faculty; and John Cord, Luther assistant professor of music and member of the trumpet faculty.
The Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Scholarship was established for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging a high level of achievement in the collaborative arts. Participants must be of sophomore or junior standing and have completed a series of requirements. Once a complete application is submitted, the applicants are reviewed by the Award Committee and the finalists are chosen.
The scholarship was established and endowed by Robert Rosholt in honor of his wife, Lucille. Lucille Stansberry Rosholt 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. Robert and Lucille reside in Decorah.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.