Allen Hightower, Luther professor of music and director of choral activities, has been installed as the Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music.
The Weston Noble Chair is named in honor of Weston Noble '43, professor emeritus of music, whose professional service of teaching, directing and conducting at Luther influenced the lives of thousands of students for more than 50 years and whose dedication and service to the college also witnessed to the Gospel. Established by Ervin and Phyllis Johnson, the award recognizes the value of Christian higher education and the quality of the academic and music programs provided by Luther.
Since joining the Luther faculty in 2010, performance, guest conducting and teaching opportunities have taken Hightower to 24 states and three European countries.
Hightower serves Luther as director of Nordic Choir and artistic director of Christmas at Luther.
Hightower earned a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University, master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Baylor University, and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.