Featuring a selection of French works for flute, Amy Engelsdorfer, Luther College assistant professor of music, will perform a flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Titled "The French Connection," Engelsdorfer's recital will feature four pieces by French composers: "Sonata for Flute and Piano" by Francis Poulenc, "Sonatine pour Flûte et Piano" by Henri Dutilleux, "Jeux – Sonatine pour Flûte et Piano" by Jacques Ibert and "Sonate pour Flûte et Piano" by Jean Françaix.
Engelsdorfer is an accomplished researcher, currently focusing her studies on music theory pedagogy. Her research on becoming more comfortable with improvisation in the classroom has been presented at academic conferences such as the Northeastern Regional College Music Society Conference and the Improvising Brain Conference at Georgia State University.
She has presented her research on the history of music theory in England and Ireland, as well as the United States.
In addition to her research, Engelsdorfer composes musical pieces. Her works have premiered with the Luther College Cathedral Choir and Collegiate Choir and published by Augsburg Fortress Press.
Engelsdorfer teaches theory and ear training at Luther. She holds a doctoral degree in music theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also holds a bachelor's degree in music education, a master's degree in flute performance and a master's degree in music theory from the University of Kentucky. She has studied flute with Linda Lamkin, Gordon Cole, Thomas Robertello and Rebecca Magg.
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 300 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.