Vermillion native receives pair of music scholarships A student at The University of South Dakota received a pair of scholarships in recognition of his work playing the piano and the horn in the music department.
Adam A. Nelson, a junior from Vermillion, is a recipient of the Genevieve and John Truran Piano Scholarship and the John A. and Agnes Ringley Scholarship.
The Truran Scholarship, established in recognition of Genevieve, a former piano teacher at USD, and her father, John, was donated by one of Genevieve's students, Marjorie Rawlins. The Ringley scholarship was established in the name of John A. and Agnes Ringley.
Nelson, a horn performance major, has played the horn in The University of South Dakota's marching and symphonic bands, as well as orchestra, brass choir, horn choir and musical pit orchestra, since he started in the fall of 2001. He has also been a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Choir, which travels across the country performing in front of crowds of up to 40,000 people, for the past four summers.
He said his experience at the university has improved his ability to play the horn.
"My teachers taught me never to settle for mediocrity," Nelson said. "Consistency is the key. Every day is an audition."
Nelson is on the sub-list of the horn section in the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, which he received over six other individuals who auditioned. Over the past two years, he has participated in the MTNA Collegiate Brass Competition. In 2002, Nelson won the competition in the state level and received alternate in the 2003 competition.