Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Heather Armstrong to perform oboe recital Oct. 8

Featuring a repertoire of contemporary compositions, Heather Armstrong, Luther College associate professor of music, will perform an oboe recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Armstrong is performing "Interlude," an expressive, intimate piece by British composer Gerald Finzi, and "Where Do Children Come From?" by Alyssa Morris, in four movements: "The Circus," "Outer Space," "A Higher Place" and "Grace." The program also features the two chamber pieces "Sanctuary," a piece from the album "Virunga," by Decorah composer Ben Hippen, and "Moments at Canyon de Chelly," a flute and oboe duet by Greg Steinke that is based on rock formations at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona.

The recital features collaborations with Luther music faculty members Miko Kominomi, piano, and Carol Hester, flute. The recital will also include collaboration with Craig Hultgren, a cellist who recently moved to Decorah from Birmingham, Alabama, where he played with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Armstrong is associate professor of oboe and theory at Luther. She is the principal oboist of the wcfsymphony (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony) and is a founding member of the Talus Trio, a Luther College faculty woodwind trio. During the summer she teaches at the Dorian Summer Music Camps and for six summers she taught at Lutheran Summer Music, a four-week residential music training and performance program for high school students.

Dedicated to supporting and performing new music, Armstrong has received grants from the Hanson Institute of American Music and Luther College's Ylvisaker Endowment for Faculty Growth to support the commissioning and performing of new pieces. In 2008, she premiered "Cast Me Away," a piece for oboe and percussion by Sun Mi Ro, at the International Double Reed Convention in Provo, UT. She premiered "Une Cité Moderne," a concerto for oboe and orchestra by Brooke Joyce, Luther associate professor of music and composer-in-residence, with wcfsymphony in April 2014.

Armstrong received Doctoral of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with renowned oboist Richard Killmer. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Houghton College and has also studied at the Banff Centre and the Chautauqua Institution. Before her time at Luther, she held teaching positions at Houghton College, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Roberts Wesleyan College and Eastman Community Music School.

She has performed with the La Crosse Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Rochester Chamber Orchestra. Armstrong has also appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the country, most recently at the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Iowa, Augsburg College, the University of Northern Iowa and Winona State University.

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 more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.