Music composition students re-score 'Nosferatu,' to present silent film with live instrumental accompaniment

April 23, 2010

The classic silent film “Nosferatu” will spring to life with a newly composed musical score by students at Luther College. The original film will be shown with live instrumental accompaniment directed by Brooke Joyce, Luther assistant professor of music, on Monday, April 26, at 9 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The featured composers include Luther students Joseph Carey, Kimberly Cavanaugh, Jacob DeBacher, Mitchell Dietz, Sydney Kjerstad, Maxwell LaFontant, Sky Macklay, Andrew Prahlow, Neil Quillen and Curtis Worzalla. All are students of Joyce.

Featured performers include faculty member Jubal Fulks, violin, and student performers Jacob Bohlken, trumpet; Keith Root, bassoon, Lars-Erik Larson, percussion; and Sarah May, piano.

First released in Germany in 1922, “Nosferatu” is considered one of the earliest and finest examples of the horror film genre, spawning many imitations over the years. A retelling of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” the film contains many iconic images and sequences, and has been adapted numerous times for both stage and screen.

Each of the 10 composers involved in the project composed a portion of the score, using a set of common leitmotifs and musical ideas that were produced by the group as a whole. This is the first such silent film project undertaken at Luther.

Since coming to Lutherin 2005, where he teaches composition, theory, contemporary music history and electronic music, Joyce has composed new works for the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Nordic Choir, Murasaki Duo, Talus Trio and several individual faculty performers. He recently released his first CD of chamber music, “Waves of Stone” on the Innova label.

In addition to his work at Luther, Joyce is composer in residence with the Water City Chamber Orchestra based in Oshkosh, Wis., and Lutheran Summer Music. He also serves as a summer faculty member at the Walden School in New Hampshire.

For more information about the composition program at Luther, visit or call Joyce, telephone (563) 387-1386.