Faculty Artist Series: Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano

Celebrating "firsts," Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Luther College visiting assistant professor in music, will perform his first faculty recital at Luther at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

Open to the public with no charge for admission, the recital features collaboration with Luther music faculty Deborah Gover, voice, and Igor Kalnin, violin.

Featuring "Three Early Songs" by Aaron Copland, "Poemas en forma de canciones" by Joaquin Turina, and Gabriel Fauré's "Violin Sonata No. 1, op. 18," the program encompasses many "firsts." For Fauré, the Violin Sonata was his first published instrumental chamber music; for Turina, the "Poemas" are his first published vocal work; Copland's early songs are three youthful compositions he took with him to France as a student of composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger. This is also Shaneyfelt's first faculty recital at Luther.

After the retirement of Jessica Paul, Luther professor emerita of music, Shaneyfelt has begun working with Paul's piano students, coaching vocalists and has collaborated with Luther faculty, staff and students.

Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Shaneyfelt received bachelor's degrees in music and computer science from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a dual focus in solo and collaborative piano. He completed his doctoral studies in the collaborative piano studio of celebrated accompanist Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. 

His piano trio, "The Nora Trio," was the first Notre Dame chamber ensemble to be selected as a finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Notable recent performances include the premiere of David Amram's Greenwich Village Portraits with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, recital tours with soprano Katie Calcamuggio-Donner, engagements in Los Angeles, New York City, and the Kennedy Center through the University of Michigan's Gershwin Initiative, and Winterreise with tenor William Hite.

Gover, visiting assistant professor of music, received her bachelor of music in voice performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Indiana University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.

Kalnin, also a visiting assistant professor of music, has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and an orchestra leader, is a prizewinner of a number of international and national competitions, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, Asia, and America. He holds degrees from Yale University, Michigan State University and Glinka State University.

            Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons, and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.