Luther College Brass Ensembles to perform in concert April 14

Luther College's Brass Ensembles will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The performance includes pieces by Luther's Mass Brass Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Trumpet Ensemble and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. The concert will also feature Brad Schultz, Luther adjunct faculty in music, on the organ.

The music performed features both modern and classical styles, as well as arrangements and original compositions for brass.

The Trumpet and Mass Brass Ensembles are conducted by Brent Dodson, visiting professor of music. Dodson teaches applied trumpet, trumpet methods, chamber music and directs the Varsity Band. Dodson holds a bachelor's and master's degree in music from The Juilliard School and a doctorate degree in music from the University of Southern California.

The Horn Ensemble is conducted by Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, adjunct professor of music at Luther. Boehm Shaffer teaches horn, horn ensemble, brass methods and ear training. She holds a bachelor's degree in horn performance from UW-Stevens Point, a master's degree in horn performance from UW-Madison and a doctorate in horn performance and pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

The trombone ensembles are conducted by Benjamin Yates, Luther adjunct faculty in music. Yates currently teaches private trombone, euphonium and tuba lessons in addition to coaching a variety of chamber ensembles. Yates holds a bachelor's degree in music education and trombone performance from Luther as well as a master's degree in trombone performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians.

Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.