This reunion season 2021, Luther College continues the tradition of presenting the Weston Noble, Dr. Carlo A. Sperati, Presser Scholar and Hemp Prize. The winners of the student and alumni awards are recognized each year during the annual Retrouvailles concert.
Weston Noble Award 2021
Timothy Peter ’86 is the recipient of the 2021 Weston Noble Award. Weston Noble was on the music faculty at Luther College from 1948 to 2005. During this time, the college grew in number, in national reputation, and Noble became a leader in the formation of pioneers in the field of music education. Established in 2004, the Weston Noble Award recognizes music teachers who honor and carry on Noble’s legacy.
At the reunion concert at Luther College on October 1, Brad and Beth Holmes, who are part of Millikin University’s choral faculty and who are former choral teachers at Luther, addressed Peter and stated that âa lot of what Weston stood for is embodied in your work; the coming together of all kinds of people, the belief that wholeness can be found in a well-tuned chord and the understanding that singing is a gateway to the invisible, the transcendent … You are not a Weston clone but you are certainly the offspring of the one who gave so much to all of us who believe in the power to sing together in harmony. “
Peter is now professor of music and director of choral activities at Stetson University. A native of Minnesota, he received his BA from Luther College and received his MA and PhD in Musical Arts from the University of Arizona. Prior to teaching at Stetson University, he was professor of music at Luther College, member of the choral faculty and head of the music department.
Peter is involved with the American Choral Directors Association, having held positions such as the Division Chair for Repertoire and Standards for Colleges and Universities, and the State and Division Chair for Tenor / Bass Choirs. . Her choirs have been selected to perform at the 2017 ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis, the 2011 ACDA National Conference in Chicago, and four NC-ACDA divisional conventions. He was a speaker at the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. His off-campus teaching, judgment, and direction include dozens of appearances as a conductor and festival clinician in more than 20 states.
Peter has prepared choirs and orchestras for performances at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, Singapore SAS Concert Hall, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall and Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago, Georgia Dome in Atlanta, at the Holland Center in Omaha, the TWA Center in St. Louis, the Overture Center in Madison, the Alamo-Dome in San Antonio and the Seoul Foreign School Center for the Performing Arts. He has also led in Singapore, Germany, England, Namibia, Oman, South Africa and South Korea.
Dr Carlo A. Sperati Prize 2021
Mollie Busta Lange ’01 is the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Carlo A. Sperati Award. Dr Carlo A. Sperati, a pillar of Luther College and the Lutheran musical tradition, led the Luther College Concert Band for 38 years until his retirement in 1943. His work ethic, his demand for perfection and his patience when it comes to he works with music students are part of the identity of the Luther College Music Department to this day. This award recognizes these traits in music teachers who follow in Sperati’s footsteps.
âI am truly honored by this recognition. The pursuit of excellence is a trait that was enhanced during my time with Luther and that continued in everything I did – from the classroom to the stage. , on TV and a Warner Brothers movie, âsays Busta Lange. âDuring my childhood years, my university experience and my professional career, patience and a good work ethic were instilled in me. I am always grateful for the lessons I learned, which in return gave me many opportunities to share the gift of music. “
Busta received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College and her Masters of Education from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Busta shared her love of music teaching children of all ages and was an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary’s University, leading college-aged singing students throughout their studies.
Although Busta continues to teach privately and conduct music workshops in schools, her main focus has been on performance. This led to a national television show, âMollie B Polka Party,â which aired for over ten years; a role and musical composition in Clint Eastwood’s film, “The Mule”; numerous awards and inductions in several halls of fame; âMollie B Christmas Showsâ in Branson, Missouri and Reedsburg, Wisconsin; hosting of Wisconsin Public Television’s documentary “Polka”; performing in over 30 states and eleven countries for numerous sold-out performances; annual appearances on cruises and tours; play and produce the âMollie B Variety Showâ on YouTube which reached five million views in 16 months; produce and perform on 28 recordings; and performing on 14 additional recordings as a guest artist.
Press researcher award 2021
Kaleb Krzyszton ’21 is the 2021 Presser Scholar Award recipient. The Presser Scholar Award was established in 1939 by the Presser Foundation in honor of Theodore Presser, publisher of The Etude, a magazine dedicated to music, and founder of the music publishing house that bears his name. The award, funded by a monetary donation from the Presser Foundation of Haverford, Pa., Is presented annually to a current major in Luther’s music chosen by a vote of the music faculty on the basis of excellence and merit .
“Kaleb is the best example of who we are at Luther College – excellence and a passion to serve others. He is an exceptional leader and an exceptional person,” said Michael Smith, associate professor of music and brass down at Luther College.
Krzyszton, a senior from Waumandee, Wisconsin, will graduate from Luther in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. After completing his studies in December, he will continue to prepare for a career as a harmony orchestra teacher with a semester of teaching students. Its main instrument is the euphonium.
Krzyszton’s time at Luther was shaped by a strong involvement in musical ensembles and organizations and a desire to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to better serve his future students. He is currently in his fourth year in the Luther College Concert Band (his third as principal euphonium), his third year in the Nordic Choir and his second year as a second trombone in the Jazz Orchestra. He is Principal of the Luther College Gospel Choir, a member of the Pep Band Leadership Team, and President of the Iowa Bandmasters Association of the Luther College Future Music Educators Association.
His early love for music was nurtured by his family and his childhood piano teacher. This early love of music grew into a long-standing passion with encouragement from her music teachers and other high school teachers. He especially thanks Luther’s music faculty. From applied course instructors to ensemble directors and class teachers, their tremendous support for Krzyszton throughout his academic career propelled him to become the musician, scholar and l educator he is today.
Hemp Prize 2021
Gibson (Gibby) Swalley ’21 is the 2021 Hemp Award recipient. The Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize for Orchestra Performance is awarded annually to a senior member of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. The $ 7,500 scholarship is funded by an endowment established by Richard ’64 and Joann (Harr) Hemp ’65. Richard Hemp is a Regent Emeritus, Past Chairman of the Luther College Board of Regents and Past Acting Chairman of Luther College. The auditioned award recognizes students of exceptional performance, talent, musicality and leadership.
“In his own way, Gibby has been a leader of the symphony orchestra since joining college in 2018. He is a fabulous musician and a person of great kindness, character and integrity,” said Daniel Baldwin, director of the Luther. . College Music Department.
Swalley began playing the violin in fourth grade. At Roseville Area High School, he was an active member of his school’s orchestra and received the Music Educators Scholarship Award in 2018. Swalley studied at the Artaria Chamber Music School in 2017-2018. Recently, Swalley appeared on Classical MPR’s “Friday Favorites” with Steve Staruch. Swalley now has his own radio show on Luther’s station, KWLC.
His time with the Luther Symphony Orchestra taught him that music is an art of hard work, attention to detail and, above all, teamwork. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in violin performance.
About Luther College Music
Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the country, with five choirs, three orchestras, two bands, and two jazz groups. One-third of all Luther students participate in music, including large ensembles, teacher-driven chamber groups, private lessons, and master classes. Nearly 175 music majors study music theory, hearing training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music, and performance. Learn more at luther.edu/music.