Luther Collegium Musicum to perform April 19

April 16, 2012  

Luther College's Collegium Musicum will perform Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

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

Collegium Musicum is an ensemble specializing in the music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Directed by Kathryn Reed, Luther instructor of music, the instrumentalists will perform works from 17th century Italy and England. The recorder and viol ensembles will be joined by Rachel Ware, Luther alumni guest lecturer in music, and Edwin Andereck, Luther professor of music, in their performance of works by Claudio Monteverdi.

The singers of Collegium Musicum will be directed by Allen Hightower, Luther director of choral activities and professor of music. They will perform English madrigals and two Tudor anthems.

Reed teaches harpsichord, class piano, ear training and directs Collegium Musicum at Luther. She served as director of the Luther Nottingham Program for the 2009-10 academic year. 

Reed moved to Decorah in 1995 from Ann Arbor, Mich., where she studied and taught musicology and early keyboard instruments. She has also taught music appreciation, a study abroad course in London and Vienna, and courses on the music of J.S. Bach.

She has performed as a soloist and continuo player throughout the Midwest, including Detroit's Orchestra Hall and the Peoria Bach Festival. She has also performed in Carnegie Hall, New York, and Nottingham, England.

Prior to joining the Luther faculty, Hightower served on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

From 1997-2000, Hightower served as conducting intern with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Hightower then served as music director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, Houston's largest independent chorus, from 2005-10. He has been mentored by choral conductors Bev Henson, Donald Neuen, Paul Salamunovich, Joe Flummerfelt and Weston Noble.

He holds degrees from Sam Houston State University, Baylor University, the Eastman School of Music and UCLA.