Each year, the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College selects graduating senior musicians to perform at Baccalaureate and Commencement. This year, Laura Stoltzfus and Brian Lustig have been chosen to perform at Baccalaureate on Friday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Stoltzfus, a piano performance major and harp minor, and Lustig, a voice performance major, asked David Horace Davies, assistant professor of music theory and composition, to compose a unique piece for them, for which they chose the hymn text Be Thou My Vision. In consultation with Davies and Cory Renbarger, assistant professor of voice, the two have worked on proper melodic material for Lustig’s voice, as well as on the harp piece for Stoltzfus.
“I’m thrilled to be working with such gifted performers, and my desire was to write something that would be both particularly suited to these two talented musicians and also meaningful for the graduating class as a whole,” shared Davies.
Lustig added, “I am very excited to premiere this beautiful new arrangement of Be Thou My Vision, which finds new, lyrical melodies to a very old text, interspersed with musical quotes from the familiar hymn tune. I find that the text accurately conveys a deep personal prayer and portrays the convictions of the class of 2012. Laura and I consider it an honor and privilege to serve the senior class through music at the Baccalaureate service.”