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Know the Score

"Know the Score" is the official blog of the Luther College Music Department. Students, faculty, and staff provide content on music tours, concerts, recitals and scholarship happening on and away from Luther's Decorah, Iowa campus.

  • Philharmonia

    Luther College Philharmonia to perform concert April 24

    April 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Luther College Philharmonia will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.  Read more...

  • Andrew Last

    Meeting Martin

    February 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Andrew Last, Luther assistant professor of music, recounts meeting Martin, a young Namibian child, who helped Last bridge their cultural and language gap though music.  Read more...

  • Brooke Joyce

    Hollywood’s Soundtrack: Great Symphonic Film Music

    January 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

    If you attended Christmas at Luther this past December or heard a broadcast, you heard the familiar strains of “Gabriel’s Oboe” performed by Aurora and faculty member Heather Armstrong. This beautiful tune, which is known throughout the world and in various arrangements and guises, seems to transcend time and place.  Read more...

  • Benjamin Yates

    Simple. Just Listen.

    December 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Every musician I know has a long list of ways they feel their students or themselves should spend their practice sessions. I've spent some time reflecting on what I consider to be one of the most effective ways to better musicianship and it's simple. Start listening more.  Read more...

  • Christmas at Luther

    A Student's Take on the Journey and Inspiration of Christmas at Luther

    December 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Nordic Choir member, Sam Jones, tells us about the effects Christmas at Luther has had on him and many others-- and about his feelings towards the wintery tundra of Decorah, Iowa.

    "We don’t have palm trees or movie stars in Decorah, and the winters are a force to be reckoned with, but we do have this. We have Christmas at Luther."  Read more...

  • Noble Recital Hall

    Luther College Voice Students Regional NATS

    November 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Twelve voice students from Luther compete at the Central Region Student Auditions for NATS  Read more...

  • LCSO 2013-2014

    LCSO Concertmaster on Performing at Luther

    November 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    As I reflected on today’s symphony fall concert and thought about what I wanted to write, it seemed obvious to me what I should talk about. As a transfer student, I have experienced two other music school environments previous to entering the doors of Jenson. I came to Luther second semester of my sophomore year, and I am relieved that I made that choice.  Read more...

  • John Cord

    Coming Home, My 10-Year Journey

    November 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

    When I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2003 and headed for the East Coast, I never imagined the kaleidoscope of experience ahead of me.  Nor did I understand the effect on my perspective that my journey would have. Actually, as a kid growing up in a small town south of Des Moines, I never imagined the journey would take place at all.  Read more...

  • Eric Kutz

    Dr. Kutz on Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio

    October 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    For the ‘spotlight on the faculty’ blog, I was asked what I was most looking forward to in the coming year, and if there was a specific piece I was especially looking forward to performing. My responses were, respectively, the combination of teaching my students and performing with my colleagues, and, Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio with my faculty colleagues.

    Now our concert is at hand, and I’ll share some of what makes this work so special, in advance of our performance Sunday afternoon.  Read more...

  • Amy Engelsdorfer

    Why Do I Have to Take Music Theory as a Music Major?

    October 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    “I have to take this course because my adviser says I have to take it. And I’m terrified.”  Read more...

  • Eric Kutz

    Spotlight on the Faculty, Part 2

    September 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Students are moved in, auditions are happening, lockers are being checked out, and the stage lights are warming up. It's time to point a couple of those lights on Part 2 of our Spotlight on the Faculty.  Read more...

  • Emmy Award from CAL 2008 Broadcast

    An Emmy® Nomination!

    August 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    How Eric Ellingsen is losing sleep over the recent Emmy® nomination for Christmas at Luther.  Read more...