Amy Engelsdorfer

Dr. Amy Lynne Engelsdorfer has served as assistant professor of music theory at Luther College since 2007. She received the PhD in music theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with graduate minors in music history and literature, and music information technology. She received the MA in music theory in 2001, the MM in flute performance, and the Bachelor of Music Education in 1993 from the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation, “Pedagogical and Compositional Techniques in Treatises by Augustus Frederic Christoph Kollmann and Johann Bernhard Logier,” explores the theoretical works of these two pedagogues, who were active in the musical scene in early nineteenth-century England. She has presented her research on Logier at conferences in England and Ireland as well as the United States at the North American British Music Studies Association and the Second Biennial Conference on Nineteenth Century Music. 

Dr. Engelsdorfer’s other primary research interest is music theory pedagogy, particularly in creative uses of improvisation in the music theory classroom. She has presented workshops for Luther music majors that teach students how to become more comfortable with improvisation, and has presented her research in this area at conferences such as the Northeastern Regional College Music Society conference in Keene, New Hampshire, and The Improvising Brain conference at Georgia State University. 

In addition to her research interests in music theory, she is also a composer. She has had works premiered by the Luther College Cathedral Choir and Collegiate Chorale, and is published with Augsburg Fortress Press. She enjoys writing music for solo voice and for choir, and is also active as a church musician, currently serving as Minister of Music at the Decorah United Methodist Church. 

Amy is also an accomplished flutist, and has studied with Linda Lamkin, Gordon Cole, Thomas Robertello, and Rebecca Magg. She is looking forward to presenting a faculty recital during the 2015-2016 year and continuing to play. 

Dr. Engelsdorfer is a member of the Society for Music Theory and the College Music Society, as well as a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women, Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, and Tau Beta Sigma band sorority.