Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Jennaya Robison to perform vocal recital Oct. 9

Featuring a variety of works both classic and contemporary, Jennaya Robison, Luther College assistant professor of music, will perform a vocal recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 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.

Robison's performance includes works by Mozart, Brahms, Gabriel Fauré and Vincenzo Bellini. She will be joined by Assistant Professor of Trumpet John Cord, for "Three Poems," a piece by contemporary composer Peter Tiefenbach. Jessica Paul, professor emerita of collaborative piano, will also be collaborating with Robison throughout the recital.

Robison is in demand as a conductor, clinician and performer through the country. Prior to joining the Luther faculty, she was the artistic director of Scottsdale Musical Arts, a multi-generational organization comprised of a professional orchestra and choir, as well as children's choirs and youth orchestras. Robison has also held faculty positions at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico.

Her most recent projects include performing the Rifkin edition of the mass in B minor by Bach, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Tucson Chamber Artists and Rossini's Stabat Mater. Robison presents lectures and workshops on vocal health in a choral setting at various conventions and has been a conductor and clinician at numerous festivals, including the Cantaremos Honor Choirs of Arizona and the Northeastern Iowa Honor Choir.

Robison received the Bachelor of Arts in music education and voice performance from Luther College, the Master of Music degree in conducting and voice performance from University of New Mexico, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Arizona.

She teaches courses in conducting and vocal pedagogy, and is the director of Aurora and Cathedral, two highly selective choral ensembles at Luther.

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.