John Strauss

John Strauss portrait
Professor of Music

Office: Jenson-Noble 177

Phone: 563-387-1210



Education: D.M.A., Piano, University of Texas at Austin; M.M., Piano, State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.A., Music and English Literature, Oberlin College

Dr. John F. Strauss is Professor of Music at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa, USA), where he has taught piano and served in college administration since 1975. Born and raised in New York, Strauss studied with Morton Estrin and Charles Rosen (both second-generation Liszt pupils) as well as with Joseph Schwartz, William C. Race and Paul Badura-Skoda. He holds degrees in Music and Literature from Oberlin College and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin (USA). Strauss has made numerous public radio and television broadcasts and has toured throughout the United States with the Oneota Chamber Players, often with grants from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His articles have appeared in such music periodicals as Clavier, The Musical Quarterly, and Chamber Music America.

A specialist in Viennese Classical chamber music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, he is co-editor with his wife, violinist Virginia Fattaruso Strauss, of over thirty-five works by Johann Baptist Vanhal, Ignaz Pleyel, Georg Friedrich Fuchs, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel for publishers Doblinger and H. Anderle (Vienna, Austria), and of the complete chamber music of Walter Rabl for A-R Editions (U.S.A.). Strauss has adjudicated Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competitions for four decades, and is a frequent judge for regional concerto competitions. He was recently a guest adjudicator for the sixty-fourth Hong Kong Music Festival. During the spring 2012 semester, he went on sabbatical in Vienna, Austria, preparing an edition of the 1791 Trios by composer Ignaz Pleyel.

MUS 130, 230, 330, 430 Applied Music- Piano
For music majors in varied years of study. Non-majors and music majors in their secondary areas may register for these courses with consent of instructor. Studio seminars may be required. Additional fees will be assessed for these courses.

MUS 273 Chamber Music
Instruction in the literature for small ensembles. Ensembles should be approved by an instructor before registration. Open to all students regardless of major. All ensemble members must be registered. This is a chargeable credit and will count toward the 36 credits for the year.

MUS 446 Performance Practices of the Classical And Early Romantic Periods
A historical study of the interpretation of music based on reading from the letters, diaries, essays, critical reviews, and performance treatises of the period. Seminar format with a substantial performance project. Open to music majors, or by consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.


  • D.M.A., Piano, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M., Piano, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A., Music and English Literature, Oberlin College