Brianna Shelly
Brianna Shelly

Brianna Shelly, Luther College senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., is the 2015-16 recipient of the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize.

As part of the award Shelly will perform a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 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.

Shelly, the daughter of Jim and Jayne Shelly of Scottsdale, is majoring in music at Luther. She is a 2012 graduate of Cactus Shadows High School.

The recital includes works by George Fredric Handel, Franz Schubert, Amy Beach, and more. Shelly is a student of Edwin Andereck and Jessica Paul,

Luther professors of music. She will collaborate with Paul, piano, during the performance.

Shelly is the 14th recipient of Luther’s annual Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Prize for Opera Performance.

The prize, a $5,000 cash award, was established and is funded by a gift from Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos of Atherton, Calif. Alan Brudos, a 1955 Luther graduate and a 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 is based on the student’s quality of 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.