The Adolph “Bud” Herseth Scholarship

Adolph “Bud” Herseth (1921-2013)

The Luther College Music Department is pleased to sponsor a competitive scholarship opportunity for highly skilled musicians.¬† Graduating seniors – pursuing any academic area – may audition to receive a 4-year renewable scholarship named in honor of Adolph “Bud” Herseth, a 1943 Luther College graduate who majored in math and held the position of principal trumpet player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 54 years.

The competitive audition process for this prestigious new scholarship is open to students who exhibit the highest technical and expressive musical abilities. Auditions for the Herseth Scholarship are open to students of any instrument who desire to study any academic area – not just music.

Winners of the Herseth Scholarship Audition will fall under these categories:

  1. Herseth Scholarship‚Äďup to $25,000
  2. Herseth Honorable Mention Scholarship‚Äďup to $15,000
  3. Weston Noble Scholarship‚Äď$7,000

Questions about the Herseth Scholarship should be directed to Dr. John T. Cord, Chair of Music Admissions and Scholarships.

Herseth Scholarship Audition Process

Application and Pre-Screen Videos - DUE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

  • Apply for enrollment at Luther College. Your application must be completed before a Herseth Scholarship can be considered.
  • Complete the Music Scholarship Application.
  • Prepare the specific requirements for your instrument or voice as outlined below.
  • Submit your prescreen audition video(s) by emailing hersethaudition@luther.edu.
    • YouTube or Google Drive links are preferred. Multiple files are acceptable.
    • Be sure to set the sharing settings so that all files are viewable by Luther faculty.
  • Two (2) recommendation letters written on your behalf should be sent directly from the author to hersethaudition@luther.edu no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17.
    • Letters must be written by individuals that can speak specifically to your experience and skills as a musician.
    • These might include, but are not limited to your band/choir/orchestra director or private lesson instructor.

Notification of Invitation to Final Round

  • The scholarship application, recommendation letters, and performance videos will be reviewed by Luther College music department faculty.
  • Finalists will be notified by email of their selection into the next round no later than Monday, December 18, 2023.
  • Finalists must confirm participation in the live competition with by January 1, 2024. Late confirmations of participation will not be accepted unless due to extreme circumstances.
  • The Admissions Office is avaible to help arrange your visit to campus.

Live Audition

  • The final round for Herseth Scholarship Auditions will be held on the Luther College campus in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Saturday, January 20 and (if needed) Saturday, January 27, 2024.
  • Any finalist needing piano accompaniment must email a scan of the correct accompaniment music by Friday, January 5 to hersethaudition@luther.edu.
    • Be certain you are sending the correct version of the accompaniment for the piece you are performing.
    • You will have a brief run through with your assigned Luther faculty accompanist prior to the live audition.
  • Prepare the required musical material for your instrument as listed in the drop-down menus below.
  • Each live audition will last approximately 20 minutes and will be adjudicated by a panel of Luther College music department faculty, representing each of these areas: brass, winds, strings, percussion, keyboard, and voice.

Awaiting Results

  • Recipients will be notified via mail of the results.
  • The Financial Aid Office will include the Herseth Scholarship in your complete college award package.
  • Herseth Scholarships can be combined with other merit-based scholarships such as academic awards. However, your total merit-based award cannot exceed $44,000. This does not have any effect on any need-based awards for which you may be eligible.

Herseth Scholarship Audition Requirements

Preliminary Round, Bass Trombone

Repertoire required:

1. Chromatic Scale

  • Demonstrate comfortable range capabilities and clean technique.
  • Articulation is at the performers discretion.

2. Prepare two contrasting etudes.  One etude must exemplify the ability to perform in a slow, lyrical or espressivo style. The second must exhibit technical capabilities specific to the instrument such as speed, range, articulations, etc. You may prepare etudes from your all state band/orchestra audition requirements (current or previous year) or select from the following:

  • Bordogni (Rochut), Melodious Etudes, Book 1¬†(may play as written or down an octave)¬†
  • Tyrell,¬†40 Advanced Studies for B-flat Bass
  • Grigoriev,¬†24 Studies

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? No

Final Round, Bass Trombone

Repertoire required:

1. Select one etude from the pre-screening audition requirements to perform during the live auditions.  

2. Solo or movement from a larger work of your choosing.

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required?  Yes

Preliminary Round, Bassoon

Repertoire requirements: 

1. Two contrasting movements from one of the following:

  • Mozart, Bassoon Concerto in Bb Major, K 191
  • Weber, Bassoon Concerto in F Major¬†
  • Vivaldi, Bassoon Concerto in a minor, RV 497
  • Vivaldi, Bassoon Concerto in e minor, RV 484¬†

2. From 50 Concert Studies by Ludwig Milde, chose either etude 3, etude 5, or etude 9.  

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required?  No

Final Round, Bassoon

Repertoire requirements: 

1. Jenni Brandon, Colored Stones, select any 2 movements

2. Select the First or Third movement from one of the following:

  • Mozart, Bassoon Concerto in Bb Major, K 191
  • Weber, Bassoon Concerto in F Major¬†
  • Vivaldi, Bassoon Concerto in a minor, RV 497
  • Vivaldi, Bassoon Concerto in e minor, RV 484¬†

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required?  Yes

Preliminary Round, Clarinet

Repertoire required:

Record one selection each from List A, List B and List C:

List A: Concertos (choose 1 of these)

1. C.M. von Weber, Concertino 

  • record measures 10-53, m. 60-70, m. 73-90, m. 96-111 (w/o repeat), and m. 164-end

2. C.M. von Weber, Concerto No. 1, 1st movement

  • record measures. 48-145, m. 170-247, and m. 258-end

3. W.A. Mozart, Concerto K. 622, 1st movement 

  • May be played on Bb clarinet, though the original is for clarinet in A.
  • record from the measure the soloist begins (m. 57) to the end of the exposition (m. 154)¬†

List B: Etudes (choose 1 from the following)

Record completely, beginning to end, without cuts.

1. Rose 40 Studies, Number 13 

2. Rose 40 Studies, Number 24

3. Rose 32 Studies, Number 19

List C: Unaccompanied Solos (choose 1 from the following)

1. Willson Osborne, Rhapsody for Clarinet

2. Miklos Rozsa, Sonatina for Clarinet Solo, opus 27, 1st movement only

3. Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet 

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? No

Final Round, Clarinet

Repertoire required: 

1. Debussy, Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano (with accompaniment)

2. Select one etude from the pre-screening audition requirements to perform during the live auditions. 

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes, for the Debussy.

 

Preliminary Round, Flute

Repertoire requirements:

  1. Bach:  2 movements from either the Eb Major Sonata (BWV 1031) or the C Major Sonata (BWV 1033)
  2. Choose one etude from:
    • √Čl√©gie ‚Äď √Čtude (in e minor), J. Donjon
    • Tango Etude #5, Astor Piazzolla
    • Flute Etudes, Op. 33: No. 5, Larghetto in D Major, Joachim Andersen¬†
  3. Mozart: First movement from either the G Major Concerto or D Major Concerto

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Please record without accompaniment.

 

Final Round, Flute

Repertoire requirements:

  1. Fantaisie pour flute et piano (1912) by Philippe Gaubert
  2. “Adagio and Menuetto 1” from Sonata in C Major by J.S. Bach (BWV 1033).

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes

Preliminary Round, French Horn

Repertoire required: 

1. Chromatic scale

  • Demonstrate comfortable range capabilities and clean technique.
  • Articulation is at the performers discretion.¬†

2. Prepare two contrasting etudes.  One etude must exemplify the ability to perform in a slow, lyrical or espressivo style. The second must exhibit technical capabilities specific to the instrument such as speed, range, articulations, etc

  • Etude no. 26, Andante con moto, langsam gehend, from page 79 of The Complete Method for French Horn by Oscar Franz
  • Etude no. 34, Allegro (no repeats), from page 24 of Sixty Selected Studies (Book 1) by C. Kopprasch¬†

The horn etudes are provided here.

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? No

Final Round, French Horn

Repertoire required:

1.Perform both etudes from the pre-screening audition requirements to perform during the live auditions.  

2. Solo or movement from a larger work from the list below

  • Malcolm Arnold, Fantasy for Horn (all)
  • Reinhold Gliere, Concerto in Bb major, op. 91 (either Movement I (write your own cadenza) or Movement III)
  • Richard Strauss, Horn Concerto, op 11 (either Movements I and II, or II and III)
  • Paul Hindemith, Sonate, op39, (Movement I)

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes

Preliminary Round, Guitar

Repertoire required: 

1. Perform two solo pieces, two accompanied pieces, or one from each of the following categories:

Solo Guitar

  • Classical
    • J.S. Bach, ‚ÄúBourree‚ÄĚ from Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
    • H. Villa-Lobos, Prelude No. 4
    • Brouwer, Simple Etudes, No. 1 & 2¬†
  • Jazz Chord Melodies
    • Howard, Fly Me To the Moon, arr. William Leavitt¬†
    • Lennon & McCartney, Yesterday, arr. Mike Elliot
  • Steel-string Fingerstyle Guitar
    • Tommy Emmanuel, It‚Äôs Never Too Late
    • Chet Atkins, Windy and Warm
    • Pete Huttlinger, The Water is Wide¬†

Accompanied Pieces 

*Perform with a backing track, providing the melody, with improvisation and/or transcribed solo. 

  • Jazz
    • Charlie Parker, Billie‚Äôs Bounce
    • Sonny Rollins, Oleo
  • Blues
    • Stevie Ray Vaughan, Riviera Paradise
  • Rock
    • Eric Johnson, Cliffs of Dover
    • Joe Satriani, Flying in a Blue Dream

2. A third piece of the candidate’s choosing will also be allowed. 

Note: In order to maintain scholarship, the student must demonstrate dedication to the improvement of sight reading, reaching required goals in reading proficiency each semester. 

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes, by a backing track if selections from the ‚Äúaccompanied pieces‚ÄĚ category are chosen.

Final Round, Guitar

If selected for the final round live audition, the student will select 2 of the solos performed on the pre-screen audition to perform for the live audition.

Preliminary Round, Harp

Repertoire requirements: 

Prepare all of the following: 

  1. Marcel Grandjany, Aria in Classic Style
  2. Alphonse Hasselmans, La Source
  3. Carlos Salzedo, Chanson dans la nuit
  4. Claude Debussy, La Mer (9 bars after 2 to number 6)

Memorization required? No

Final Round, Harp

Repertoire requirements: 

  1. Alphonse Hasselmans, La Source (from pre-screening)
  2. In addition, prepare Alborada del Gracioso, Maurice Ravel, beginning to number 9

Memorization required? Yes, for the Hasselmans only.  

Preliminary Round, Oboe

Repertoire required: 

  1. One selection from:
    • Mozart, Concerto in C major, K. 314: Mvt. I, including a cadenza
    • Bellini, Concerto in E-flat: (All)
    • Vaughan Williams, Concerto for Oboe: Mvt. I
  2. One selection from:
    • Morris, Collision Etudes: IV. Rainbow
    • Britten, Six Metamorphoses After Ovid: III. Niobe or V. Narcissus
    • Ferling, 48 Famous Studies: One slow etude¬†
  3. A free selection of your choice (up to 4 minutes). This could include:
    • A work for English horn,
    • A work you have written yourself, or that someone has written for you
    • Any work in a contrasting style/genre to the others on this list¬†

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Please record without accompaniment

Final Round, Oboe

Repertoire requirements:

  1. Handel, Sonata in C minor, HWV 366: mvt. I & II.
  2. The same concerto movement that was performed for the preliminary round. 

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes

Preliminary Round, Organ

Repertoire required:

Prepare both of these:

  1. A major work of J.S. Bach (prelude and fugue, trio sonata movement, or large-scale chorale setting, i.e. Leipzig Autograph or Sch√ľbler Chorale).¬†
  2. An additional piece from the organ literature written/published during or after the Nineteenth century. 

Memorization required? No

Final Round, Organ

Repertoire required:

  1. Choose one piece from the Preliminary Round, plus an additional composition.
  2. The total timing for the final round should not exceed twenty minutes.

Memorization required? No

 

Preliminary Round, Percussion

Repertoire required:

Prepare works from three of the five categories listed below, one of which must be mallet percussion.

Mallet Percussion

  • Prepare a two or four-mallet work that demonstrates technical skill and musicality on mallet percussion.
  • Repertoire may include pieces by Abe, Burton, Burritt, Creston, Ewazen, Ford, Gillingham, Mayuzumi, Smadbeck, Trevino or equivalent.

Snare Drum

  • Prepare a work for snare drum that demonstrates technical skill and musicality.
  • Repertoire may include pieces by Delecluse, Pratt, Peters, Cirone, Masson, Gerassimez, Martynciow or equivalent.¬†

Timpani

  • Prepare a solo work that demonstrates technical skill and musicality on timpani.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of pitch, tone, and technique (preferably for at least 4 drums).¬†¬†
  • Repertoire may include pieces by Beck, Peters, Carter, Bergamo, Wilmarth or equivalent.

Multiple Percussion

  • Prepare a solo work that demonstrates technical skill and musicality on multiple percussion.¬†¬†
  • Repertoire may include pieces by Hollinden, Keown, Milhaud, Kraft, Kopetzki or equivalent.

Drumset

  • Using the list below as a guide, prepare performances of various styles demonstrating your ability to play time and solo in each style.
    • Medium Swing, quarter note = 130 bpm,¬†
    • Up-tempo Swing, quarter note = 240 bpm.
    • Jazz Waltz, quarter note = 176 bpm
    • Bossa Nova, quarter note = 116 bpm
    • Samba, half note = 90 bpm
    • 12/8 Afro-Cuban, dotted quarter note = 116 bpm
    • 16th Note Funk, quarter note = 94 bpm
    • 8th Note Rock, quarter note = 110 bpm
    • Mambo or other Cuban grooves

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? No

Final Round, Percussion

Repertoire required:

Be prepared to play the same material that you submitted for the preliminary round.

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes, if the piece requires it.  

Preliminary Round, Piano

Repertoire requirements:

Submit a 15-20 minute video including: 

  1. First movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
  2. One or two additional pieces from piano literature of these eras:
    • Baroque
    • Romantic
    • Impressionistic
    • Twentieth Century

Memorization required? Yes, for all selections

Final Round, Piano

Repertoire requirements:

  1. Choose one piece from the Preliminary Round, plus an additional composition.
  2. The total timing for the final round should not exceed twenty minutes.

Memorization required? Yes, for all selections. 

Preliminary Round, Saxophone

Repertoire requirements: 

1. Choose one of the following: 

  • Bozza, Improvisation and Caprice
  • Bozza, Piece Breve (both are unaccompanied)

2. Choose any movement of either of the following, for a total of 15 to 20 minutes of performance time:

  • Any piece by Pierre Max Dubois, with accompaniment
  • Any piece by Bernhard Heiden, with accompaniment¬†

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required?  For some pieces, as listed above.

Final Round, Saxophone

Repertoire requirements: 

Prepare Tomasi, Introduction et Danse

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required?  Yes

Preliminary Round, Violin/Viola/Cello

Repertoire requirements:

  1. A movement of unaccompanied Bach from the Sonatas & Partitas or the Suites
  2. A complete first movement of a standard concerto. 

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? No. Bach requirement should be unaccompanied.  

Preliminary Round, Double Bass

Repertoire requirements:

  1. A movement of an unaccompanied work (may be Bach)
  2. A complete first movement of a standard concerto. 

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Accompaniment strongly encouraged. 

Final Round, Violin/Viola/Cello

Repertoire requirements:

  1. Material submitted for the preliminary round, AND
  2. A piece or single movement of your choice Рnot Bach.  

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes, an accompanist will be provided for the final round auditions on campus.

Final Round, Double Bass

Repertoire requirements: 

  1. Material submitted for the preliminary round, AND
  2. A piece or single movement of your choice.  

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Strongly encouraged.  

 

Preliminary Round, Tenor Trombone or Euphonium

Repertoire required:

1. Chromatic scale

  • Demonstrate comfortable range capabilities and clean technique.
  • Articulation is at the performers discretion.

2. Prepare two contrasting etudes.  One etude must exemplify the ability to perform in a slow, lyrical or espressivo style. The second must exhibit technical capabilities specific to the instrument such as speed, range, articulations, etc. You may prepare etudes from your all state band/orchestra audition requirements (current or previous year) or select from the following:

  • H. Voxman,¬†Selected Studies
  • Tyrell,¬†40 Progressive Studies
  • Bordogni (Rochut), Melodious Etudes, Book 1

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes

Final Round, Tenor Trombone or Euphonium

Repertoire required:

1. Select one etude from the pre-screening audition requirements to perform during the live auditions. 

2. Solo or movement from a larger work of your choosing.

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required?  Yes

Preliminary Round, Trumpet

Repertoire requirements: 

1. Chromatic scale

  • Demonstrate comfortable range capabilities and clean technique.
  • Articulation is at the performers discretion.

2. Prepare two contrasting etudes. One etude must exemplify the performer’s ability to perform in a slow, lyrical or espressivo style. The second must exhibit technical capabilities specific to the instrument such as speed, range, articulations, etc.

3. Etudes must be selected from the following sources (both etudes may be from the same source):

  • H. Voxman, Selected Studies for Trumpet
  • W. Wurm, 40 Studies for Trumpet
  • Theo Charlier, 36 Transcendental Etudes for Trumpet
  • Sigmund Hering, 30 Etudes for Trumpet

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? No

Final Round, Trumpet

Repertoire requirements:

1. Select one etude from the pre-screening audition requirements to perform during the live auditions. 

2. Select and perform one piece from the following options:

  • Movements I or III from the Sonata for Trumpet by Kent Kennan
  • Movement I from the Sonata for Trumpet by Paul Hindemith
  • Movement I or III from the Concerto for Trumpet by Johann N. Hummel
  • Movement I or III from the Concerto for Trumpet by Franz J. Haydn
  • Concert Etude by Alexander Goedicke

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required?  Yes

Preliminary Round, Tuba

Repertoire required: 

1. Chromatic scale

  • Demonstrate comfortable range capabilities and clean technique.
  • Articulation is at the performers discretion.

2. Prepare two contrasting etudes.  One etude must exemplify the ability to perform in a slow, lyrical or espressivo style. The second must exhibit technical capabilities specific to the instrument such as speed, range, articulations, etc. You may prepare etudes from your all state band/orchestra audition requirements (current or previous year) or select from the following:

  • Blazhevich, 70 Studies,¬†Volume 1 or 2
  • Bordogni,¬†43 Bel Canto Studies¬†(King),¬†Complete Vocalises¬†(Jacobs) or any other edition for tuba/bass trombone is acceptable¬†¬†
  • Tyrell,¬†40 Advanced Studies for B-flat Bass

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? No

Final Round, Tuba

Repertoire required: 

1. Select one etude from the pre-screening audition requirements to perform during the live auditions.

2. Solo or movement from a larger work of your choosing.

Memorization required? No

Accompaniment required? Yes

Preliminary Round, Voice

Repertoire requirements: Sing 3 selections from the list below. Only one of these may be an aria, though an aria is not required in this round:

  1. An art song in English
  2. An art song or aria in Italian
  3. An art song or aria in a language other than Italian or English

Memorization required? Yes, for all selections.

Accompaniment required? Yes. Live piano preferred. If necessary, use an accompaniment track with good sound quality and singer/accompaniment balance.

Final Round, Voice

Repertoire requirements: Sing 4 selections, only one of which may be an aria.

  • The first 3 selections should be a repeat of what was performed in the preliminary round.
  • For the fourth selection, if an aria was included in prelims, select either one classical musical theater (Golden Age), lyrical musical theater, or one additional selection from those specified for prelims.
    • If an aria was not included in prelims, please offer an opera, operetta, or oratorio aria.

Memorization required? Yes, for all selections.

Accompaniment required? Yes.