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Sr. Project Showcase

  • Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Location: Noble Recital Hall, Choir Room, Room 125: Jenson-Noble Hall of Music

Senior Project Showcase Schedule
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

7:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Choir Room)
Alexander Lapinski, "Music for Play: An Analysis of Koji Kondo’s Soundtracks for the Super Mario Series" (Advisor: Prof. Batoff)

This presentation examines the compositional style and lasting impact of Nintendo composer Koji Kondothrough his soundtracks for the Super Mario franchise, one of the most influential video game series in history. Following the presentation, an exhibit will be available in JN 125 from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. to engage with the games themselves.

8:10 – 8:40 p.m. (NRH)
Sarah Lodge, "Why Do We Tour?" (Advisor: Prof. Batoff)

This presentation analyzes Luther College’s current tour planning procedures and argues that student experience should be the top priority. I will present my plan for a Concert Band tour to the East Coast that maximizes the student experience.

8:10 – 8:40 p.m. (Choir Room)
Lauren Bennati, “Beyond Bach and Handel: A Case for Expanding the Flute Canon”
(Advisor: Prof. Engelsdorfer)

As it stands, eighteenth-century flute music is mostly represented by the works of Bach and Handel. My presentation will explain why that is, what other composers from the time period should also be represented, and what musicians should do to integrate these composers into what is being taught to students. There will be a performance of underrepresented flute works, with Emily Riley accompanying on piano.

8:45 – 9:15 p.m. (NRH)
Mitchell Gage, "Reimaging Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin: A Study on Modernizing Opera" (Advisors: Prof. Engelsdorfer and Prof. Gover)

This presentation will examine the importance of reimagining opera through a case study on Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. A comparison will be made through a staging and restaging of the Act II Duel Scene and will feature performers Nathan Baldwin, tenor, and Anne Wilson, pianist.

8:45 – 9:15 p.m. (Choir Room)
Brady Pierce, “Building a Guitar: An Exploration of Tone” (Advisor: Prof. Borter)

I intend to present the guitar that I built over the course of the semester. I will also compare it with other guitars to demonstrate how differences in the construction and materials affect the sound, and to help explain the decisions that I made in building my guitar.

9:20 – 9:50 p.m. (Choir Room)
Benjamin Ostrem, "Charlie Parker with Strings: An Analysis of Charlie Parker’s Style"(Advisor: Prof. Hart)

This presentation will examine Charlie Parker’s album Charlie Parker With Strings, which features a fusion of classical and jazz idioms that was previously unseen in his day. Other topics that will be covered include Parker’s unique style of improvisation and those that influenced him, such as Lester Young and Buster Smith.


Green Card: Please pick up, fill out, and hand in a Green Card for each presentation that you attend, if you
require recital attendance. You must attend 2 senior project presentations to equal 1 recital attendance. The
video game exhibit does not count toward Green Cards.

Questions? Contact [email protected]