Brass ensembles concert April 12

Luther College's brass ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

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

Made up of nearly 100 student musicians, Luther's brass ensembles include the Brass Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Trombone Ensemble and Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. A Luther trumpet septet, recently selected to compete at the 2017 National Trumpet Competition in Denver, will also perform during the concert.

The Horn Ensemble is conducted by Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, Luther adjunct professor of music. Shaffer has performed as a soloist and with numerous musical acts and ensembles across the country, including Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Metallica.

She holds a bachelor's degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a master's degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctoral degree in horn performance and pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

The Trumpet Ensemble is conducted by John Cord, Luther assistant professor of music. The ensemble will perform works by Eric Ewazen, Erik Morales and Giuseppe Verdi. Cord has appeared with more than 30 professional symphony orchestras over the course of his diverse performing career.

He holds a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Iowa, a master's degree from the Yale University School of Music and a doctoral degree in trumpet performance and jazz studies from the University of North Texas.

The Trombone Choir and the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble are conducted by Michael Smith, Luther associate professor of music. Smith has served as the principal trombonist and soloist with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, touring Great Britain with the ensemble. He has performed with symphonies and orchestras in Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa. He has played bass trombone with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra for the past decade.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master's degree from McNesse State University and a doctoral degree in trombone performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.