Alumnus Steven Hendrickson, principal trumpet of National Symphony Orchestra, to lead two master classes at Luther on April 15

April 13, 2010

Steven Hendrickson, principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra and a graduate of Luther College, will lead two master classes at Luther on Thursday, April 15.

Hendrickson will lead an orchestral brass master class from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life recital hall. He will lead a trumpet master class from 6-7 p.m. in the Orchestra Room of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

Both master classes are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Earlier in the day, Hendrickson will work with student musicians at Decorah High School and Decorah Middle School. His instruction sessions in Decorah are made possible by support from Kephart's Music Center and Conn-Selmer, and are coordinated by Jim Fritz, director of bands at Decorah High School, and music instructor Liz Fritz.

Hendrickson graduated from Luther in 1973 with a degree in music and philosophy. He has studied with some of the world's leading brass players, including Adolf Herseth, William Scarlett, and Arnold Jacobs.

Before joining the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1982, he was a leading freelance musician in Chicago, performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Brass Ensemble, while working as a broker on the Chicago Stock Exchange.

He has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra performing Bach, Vivaldi, Arutunian, Persichetti, and, most recently, the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. He is active in the Washington area as a recitalist and chamber musician, and serves on the faculty of the music department at the University of Maryland.