Luther Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble present concert

Luther College's Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform their fall repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

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

Under Joan deAlbuquerque's direction, Varsity Band will play "A Festival Prelude" by Alfred Reed, John Carnahan's "A Dream of Coming Home" and "Hosts of Freedom" by Karl King. In Wind and Percussion Ensemble's portion of the concert, deAlbuquerque will conduct the ensemble in standards of wind ensemble literature including, "Let the Amen Sound" by Travis Cross, "The Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre, "Divertimento, Op. 42" by Vincent Persichetti and "El Abanico" by Alfredo Javaloyes Lόpez.

Serving as preparation for eventual membership in the Wind and Percussion Ensemble or Concert Band, the Luther College Varsity Band rehearses biweekly. The band performs on family weekend and in a formal concert each semester.

The Luther College Wind and Percussion Ensemble, an auditioned group, rehearses three days a week. Their intentional size allows them to perform pieces from the breadth of wind ensemble literature. The band performs in a concert each semester, for the Dorian Band Festival, on family weekend and in chapel services throughout the year.

Directing the Luther College bands since 2011, Joan deAlbuquerque received her Doctor of Music Arts from the University of North Texas where she studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon; her Master of Music in wind conducting from Michigan State; and a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University.

Prior to her position at Luther, deAlbuquerque served as the associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach and director of bands at Pickney High School in Michigan. deAlbuquerque presents clinics and workshops and conducts at conferences throughout the Midwest, western United States and Israel. Her writings are published in "Teaching Music through Performance in Band" and the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma publication, "The Podium."

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Joan deAlbuquerque