USD Truran Piano Scholars to perform The Truran Piano Scholars of The University of South Dakota Department of Music will present a recital on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. The recital is open to the public free of charge and will be held in the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus.
The Truran Piano Scholarship is named for Genevieve Truran, former piano faculty member at The University of South Dakota. Truran joined the music faculty in 1920 and taught on a full-time basis for 47 years.
Named Emeritus Professor of Music in 1967, she continued to teach until 1985. Many of Truran's students have been unusually successful as professional musicians, as teachers in many of the nation's major colleges and universities, and as private teachers throughout the nation.
A native of Pierre, Truran received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She subsequently studied privately at many of the nation's top music institutions, including the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, the Olga Steeb Piano School in Los Angeles, the Aspen School, the Chautauqua Summer School, and the Juilliard Graduate School in New York.
The Genevieve and John Truran Piano Scholarship endowed fund was initially established by the USD Faculty Women's Club and by other friends of Genevieve and John Truran. A major portion of the scholarship funds was donated by Robert and Marjorie Rawlins, who were both graduates of The University of South Dakota.
In 1991, at Genevieve Truran's death, major funding was received as a bequest and added to the fund.
Each year, University of South Dakota piano students who are receiving Truran Piano Scholarships perform in public recitals as part of their scholarship requirements. Currently, there are more than 20 pianists who are receiving scholarships of varying amounts from the Truran fund.
As a requirement of their scholarship, the students study piano and perform in collaboration with other students in the music department. About half of this year's scholarship students will perform on this recital with the remainder performing during spring semester.