Faculty Artist Series

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Andrew Whitfield and Nicholas Shaneyfelt present program Oct. 27

Andrew Whitfield, associate professor of music, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, assistant professor of music, will present a faculty recital on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

The program will feature Dvorak's "Gypsy Songs" sung in Czech, a set of songs set to Shakespearean texts by Gerald Finzi, four pieces about the adventures of Don Quixote by Jacques Ibert and an aria from Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro."

Active as a performer, teacher and stage director, Whitfield received his Bachelor of Music from Butler University, Master of Music from Wichita State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. Whitfield helped found and directs the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a summer chamber music festival in Duino, Italy.

Performing across the United States, Whitfield has been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works and toured with Opera Kansas and Opera Birmingham. He has also performed with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and at the Peoria Bach Festival. In addition to recording Brooke Joyce's "Three Iowa Ballads" with the Innova label, his recent appearances have included performances of Handel's "Messiah," as well as chamber music recitals at The Baroque Room in St. Paul, Minnesota, and as part of the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, Washington.

At Luther College, Whitfield, an associate professor of music, teaches applied voice and opera workshop and is the coordinator of opera.

Shaneyfelt holds a doctoral degree in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Music from Notre Dame and a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In Massachusetts, he served as staff accompanist for the department of music and dance, garnering the Eugenie May Piano Award.

Recently, Shaneyfelt participated in the prestigious NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) Intern Program in Toronto, Ontario as a collaborative pianist. Shaneyfelt has traveled the U.S. including notable performances in Los Angeles, New York City and at the Kennedy Center. He recently premiered David Amram's "Greenwich Village Portraits" with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen.

At Luther, Shaneyfelt serves as an assistant professor of music in collaborative piano.

Professors Whitfield and Shaneyfelt will perform the Oct. 27 program at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, during October.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate 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.

Nicholas Shaneyfelt
Andrew Whitfield