Luther Professor Brooke Joyce to speak on John Cage and musical poetics of non-communication Sept. 4

Brooke Joyce, Luther College associate professor of music and composer-in-residence, will present the fall Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the Recital Hall of Luther's Center for Faith and Life.  

Joyce's lecture is titled "I have nothing to say and I am saying it: John Cage and musical poetics of non communication."

A reception will follow the lecture in Qualley Lounge in the Center for Faith and Life.

Both the lecture and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Joyce's lecture will focus on composer John Cage, one of the most influential musical figures of the twentieth century. For Cage, sounds, musical or otherwise, did not need to be the carriers of deep thoughts; they could simply be sounds.

In his presentation, Joyce will explore some of Cage's ideas with the aid of musical examples performed by faculty and students. Live and recorded musical examples serve as a way to commemorate John Cage's 100th birthday year.

The lecture is part of a two-day celebration, "CAGE 100," which commemorates Cage's 100th birthday year. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, performances of Cage's music will be offered throughout the day at various locations on campus. A complete schedule is available at

Since joining the Luther faculty in 2005, teaching composition, theory, contemporary music history and electronic music, Joyce has composed new works for Luther's Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Nordic Choir; faculty groups including Murasaki Duo, Unison Duo and Talus Trio, and several individual faculty performers.

He recently released his first CD of chamber music, "Waves of Stone," on the Innova label. In addition to his work at Luther, Joyce is composer-in-residence with Lutheran Summer Music as well as a faculty member at The Walden School in New Hampshire.

Associate professor of music Brooke Joyce