Luther College to host the 62nd annual Dorian Band Festival Feb. 26-27

Feb. 15, 2012  

Luther College will host two concerts Feb. 26 and 27 in conjunction with the 62nd annual Dorian Band Festival.

Approximately 530 student musicians from schools across the upper Midwest will attend the festival to study and perform under college level instruction. Students also have the opportunity to be competitively selected as soloists.

Luther's Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra and a Luther faculty brass ensemble will perform Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

The Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert will be Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The performance will feature three Dorian festival bands and selected student soloists.

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

Dorian Festival Grand Concert performing ensembles include the Dorian select Symphonic Band under the direction of Joan deAlburquerque, Luther associate professor of music, and the two Dorian Massed Bands under the direction of Mark Camphouse, George Mason University, and Richard Fischer, Concordia University—Chicago.

Dorian students have opportunities to both play and hear music at a high quality of performance. Festival sessions include group instruction, rehearsals, individual lessons with music faculty members, auditions for solo performances and master classes, auditions for music scholarships, and social and recreational activities.

Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands at Luther College, was appointed to the music faculty in 2011. She conducts the Concert Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and Varsity Band.

Prior to her arrival at Luther, deAlbuquerque was the associate director of bands at California State University—Long Beach from 2003-11. She conducted the Symphonic and Concert Bands, taught conducting class and assisted in the supervision of music student teachers.

She holds the bachelor's degree in music education and the master of music degree with a focus in wind conducting from Michigan State University where she was a student of John Whitwell. She earned the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas, once again with a focus on wind conducting. 

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and masterclasses. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.