Luther College Art Song Jamboree Oct. 14

The first song jam of the 2013-14 Luther College Art Song Jamboree series will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

Art Song Jamboree, a music series dedicated to the exploration of art song, new and old, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music, has been the creator and lead advocate of the Art Song series, part of her ongoing research and mission to find art songs written by composers of all eras, musical styles, languages and nationalities. 

Performers in each "Jam" program are a mix of musicians from the Luther music faculty and vocal students under the direction of Paul.

Luther student musicians on the program include Katie Stremel, Brittney Leemon, Andrea Keuper, Jenny Le Doux, Patrick Fagan, Nathan Wiley, Martin Kulstad, Evan Mitchell, Ben King Quale, Steven Halloin and David Geist, with Paul as collaborating pianist.  Senior pianist Charles Hoeft assisted in musical preparation.  Faculty singers include Kristin Hightower, soprano, and Andrew Whitfield, baritone.

The Jamboree includes songs composed by Jocelyn Hagen, Fanny Hensel, Alma Mahler, Nadia Boulanger, Judith Cloud, Liza Lehmann, Mathilde von Kralik, Nancy Bloomer Deussen and Josephine Lang.

Paul, a native of Chicago, holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University.  She holds the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois.

Frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, Paul has worked with several opera companies including the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Illinois, National Opera Company, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera Association, Lake George Opera Festival, Cedar Rapids Opera and Pine Mountain Music Festival.

Paul is the former principal conductor and artistic director of the Dorian Opera Theatre.  In her position as professor of music at Luther she serves as a vocal coach, collaborative pianist and teacher of collaborative arts.