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Luther College Faculty Brass Trio to perform Feb. 16

The premiere performance of the Luther College Faculty Brass Trio is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, on the Luther campus.

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

Luther music faculty John Cord, Rebecca Boehm Shaffer and Michael Smith formed the trio in the fall of 2017. Their debut performance includes compositions by Josquin de Prez, Robert Muczynski, Vaclav Nelhybel, Anthony Plog and Francis Poulenc.

A Luther assistant professor of trumpet since 2013, Cord has performed with more than 30 professional symphony orchestras in the United States, including the Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Opera and the Wringling Brothers' Barnum and Bailey's Circus Band. He's also performed with touring Broadway shows such as "Cats," "Chicago" and "The Music Man." 

Cord earned a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of Iowa and a Master of Musical Arts from Yale University School of Music. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance and jazz studies from the University of North Texas.

Boehm Shaffer teaches horn, horn ensemble, brass methods and ear training at Luther. Prior to her appointment as Luther adjunct professor of music, she taught horn and horn pedagogy at the University of Wyoming. She has performed throughout the United States, including work as a soloist, in the recording studio and with opera and symphony orchestras. Her collaborative career includes work with artists Tony Bennett, Metallica, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, Jr. She is the author of "The Guide to Horn Ensemble Repertoire," the first reference book in its field.

Boehm Shaffer earned a Bachelor of Music in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master of Music in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in horn performance and pedagogy, with a secondary emphasis in music history, from the University of Northern Colorado.

An associate professor of low brass, Smith conducts the Luther College Brass Choir and Trombone Choir. Prior to joining the Luther faculty, he taught at Millikin University, Knox College and the University of Illinois. While at the University of Illinois, he was the principal trombonist with the Wind Symphony, and is currently the bass trombonist with the Rochester, Minnesota, Symphony Orchestra.

He holds a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Music Education from McNeese State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in trombone performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

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.

John Cord
Rebecca Boehm Shaffer
Michael Smith