New Award Honors Professor Emeritus Fred Nyline

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The Fred Nyline Distinguished Award in Music was established by Jaime (Rowe) '00 and Matt Titus '01 in honor of Fred Nyline, Luther professor emeritus of music. Professor Nyline conducted Luther’s Concert Band, Varsity Band, and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, from 1973 to 2011, and also taught advanced instrumental conducting. Under his direction, the Luther College Concert Band (LCCB) performed at numerous state and national music conventions and participated in many regional, national, and international tours. Before joining the Luther faculty, Nyline served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota as associate director of bands and director of the University Men’s Chorus. He has been a guest faculty member at the University of Illinois and director of bands in the Austin, Minnesota, school system, and he has frequently served as guest conductor for the Musashino Academia Wind Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Nyline has also served as a festival director, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Pacific Rim, including such locations as Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The idea to recognize Fred Nyline for his years of service came about during the fall of 2018, while the esteemed Dr. Jack Stamp—composer, conductor, and educator—was serving as Luther’s acting director of bands. According to Dr. Stamp, “If you were a high school or college band director from the 1980’s to the present, you were well aware of the name Fred Nyline. In fact, as a young college band director in the early ‘80s, I owned a recording of the Luther College Concert Band with Fred Nyline conducting. After I was given the marvelous opportunity to be Luther’s acting director of bands in the fall of 2018 as a sabbatical replacement, I was eager to help create a lasting recognition of Professor Nyline’s 38 years of service to the Music Department, through a scholarship fund that would be awarded to the Luther student who exemplifies the spirit of the Music Department in participation and attitude. I am grateful to Jaime and Matt Titus for making this idea a reality.”

Jaime and Matt Titus were eager to honor their former teacher: “Fred Nyline has been an inspiration and role model for so many people at Luther and the surrounding areas, that this scholarship is just a small representation of the value we hold for him in our hearts and minds. There will never be another personality like Fred Nyline.  Beyond the ‘Fred-isms,’ and if you were in the LCCB, you know what those are, Fred demonstrated excellence both in and out of the rehearsal room. He instilled in us a sense of community; we were a family in that band and are thrilled this award will help carry on Fred's name for decades to come.”

In October 2020, a small group of alumni and friends surprised Professor Nyline via Zoom with the announcement of the award. Fred responded, “I am overwhelmed by the feeling of pride and humility following the announcement of this scholarship in my name. The years as Luther faculty member and band director were the best years of my life. I really appreciate the cooperation of the faculties on which I was proud to serve and the wonderful students through the years who worked with each other and me to make music. Luther College is a wonderful place, and I am so grateful for the years I spent on its beautiful campus and have wonderful memories of all the young musicians I met while there.”

The Fred Nyline Distinguished Award in Music shall be given annually to a junior or senior whose character, leadership, and participation in the music program demonstrate a strong contribution to the program in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. The recipient must be participating in the Luther College Concert Band and be in good academic standing.

For additional information, please contact the Development Office at 800-225-8664 or [email protected]

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five 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.


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