Performing an all-Bach recital celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, three Luther College music professors will collaborate in a Faculty Artist Series at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway St., Decorah, Iowa.
The recital, open to the public with no charge for admission, features Spencer Martin, professor of music, viola; Gregory Peterson, professor of music, organ; and Kathryn Reed, instructor in music, harpsichord.
The all-J.S. Bach program features the Violin Sonata in C Minor, Cantata 199 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut" and sections of his final masterwork of counterpoint, "The Art of the Fugue." The trio will be joined by Luther faculty and guest artists: Beth Ray Westlund, associate professor of music, mezzo-soprano; Hirono Borter, violin; and Philip Borter, assistant professor of music, cello. They will be joined by Luther students Marissa Eckberg, viola, and Nathan McPhetres, double bass.
An active performer and teacher, Martin has appeared at music festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe. He has performed as guest violist with the Harrington and Pro Arte String Quartets and the Amelia Piano Trio, and served as principal violist in the Tuscaloosa Symphony. Martin frequently performs in the viola sections of the Minnesota, Alabama and the Wichita Symphony Orchestras. He holds degrees from Butler University, Wichita State University and the University of Minnesota.
Peterson, head of Luther's music department, also serves as the college organist and conducts Luther Ringers. He is a long-time professional church musician and has an active performing career throughout the United States. He has held positions at the Old South Church in Boston, Gustavus Adolphus College and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Peterson holds a bachelor's degree in music from Luther, a master's degree in music from Yale University and a doctoral degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.
An early music and keyboard specialist, Reed has served in Luther's music department since 1996. She has taught courses in piano, harpsichord, ear training, music appreciation, musicology and Luther's common course, Paideia. Reed has appeared as a harpsichord soloist and continuo player throughout the Midwest and in New York's Carnegie Hall. She completed graduate work in early keyboards and reached All But Dissertation status in musicology at the University of Michigan. Reed holds a Bachelor of Music from Lawrence 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.