Faculty Artist Series: John Cord, Michael Smith to give brass recital March 12

Luther faculty John Cord and Michael Smith, will present a brass recital at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther College campus. 

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

The program consists of Philip Sparks' "Fantasy for Euphonium," Thom R. George's Concert for Bass Trombone and Ernst Sachse's Concertino in Eb Major for Trumpet. Pianist Du Huang, Luther associate professor of music, will collaborate on the concert.

John Cord, Luther assistant professor of trumpet, is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. In 2002, he completed the Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Iowa, in 2004, he earned the Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale University School of Music, and in 2009, he completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance and jazz studies from the University of North Texas.

Cord's diverse performance career has included appearances with more than 30 professional symphony orchestras throughout the United States. He has performed with groups such as the Tanglewood Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, DFW Metropolitan Ballet, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band. He has also performed with touring Broadway shows: "Cats," "Chicago," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Music Man" and "Fame."

Michael Smith, Luther associate professor of low brass, teaches low brass, low brass methods, coaches small brass ensembles and conducts the Luther College Brass Choir and Trombone Choir. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, a Master of Music Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., and a doctoral degree in trombone performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 Smith was principal trombonist with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony under the baton of James F. Keene. As a member of the Illinois Wind Symphony,  Smith went on tour to Great Britain and was a soloist with the ensemble. He was also a soloist and made two U. S. tours with the University of Illinois Trombone Choir.