Luther College to present Wind and Percussion Ensemble Concert

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble will present a fall concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform Suite on Celtic Folk Songs by Tomohiro Tatebe, "Sea Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Heaven's Light" By Steven Reineke, "Hounds of Spring" by Alfred Reed and "The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble is a group of 50 select band students, determined by audition. The ensemble is conducted by Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music at Luther.

deAlbuquerque was appointed as director of bands at Luther in 2011. She conducts the Luther College Concert Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble and teaches conducting. Her former positions include associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach and interim director of bands at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.

deAlbuquerque has also taught in the public school system as the director of bands at Pinckney High School in Michigan.

A graduate of Macomb Community College, deAlbuquerque earned a bachelor of music education degree from Michigan State University. She also holds a master of music degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University and a doctor of musical arts degree in wind conducting from the University of North Texas.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform 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.