Luther Art Song Jamboree Oct. 29

The first Song Jam of the 2012-13 Luther College Art Song Jamboree series will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College 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. Featured singers include Luther faculty Karen Kanakis, soprano, Jacob Lassetter, baritone and Andrew Whitfield, baritone.

Luther student musicians on the program include: Mickenzie Kruse, Steven Halloin, Nathan Wiley, Emily Davis, Brittney Leemon, Andrea Keuper, Patrick Fagan, Sophia Huang, Vanessa Libbey and Katherine Stremel, with Paul collaborating on piano. Jordan Buchholtz, Luther senior and pianist, is assisting in preparation of singers.

The jamboree will include songs by Judith Cloud, Jocelyn Hagen, Richard Walters, Benjamin Britten and Georges Enesco.

Paul, a native of Chicago, holds the 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.

She is frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, and has worked with 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.

She 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 teaches accompanying.