Luther College hosts Dorian Orchestra Festival Grand Concert Feb. 12

The Dorian Orchestra Festival Grand Concert, showcasing some of the most talented students from the area, is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus.

This event, featuring the Festival String Orchestra, the Festival Chamber Orchestra and select soloists, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

In order to attend the Festival, students must be nominated by their high school orchestra conductor. Both the string and chamber orchestras feature high school students in grades nine through twelve. The Festival String Orchestra is a group of nearly 100 string players, and the Festival Chamber Orchestra is a smaller, more select ensemble of around 50 string players.  

While at Luther, students have a chance to participate in rehearsals, lessons, masterclasses, and technique classes. Students also have the opportunity to audition to perform as a soloist in the Grand Concert. The Luther College string faculty determine the soloist selections.

Among the repertoire for the Festival String Orchestra are pieces from Brahms, Vivaldi and Bach. Among the repertoire for the Festival Chamber Orchestra are pieces from Mark O’Connor, Maria Newman and Copland.

The Festival String Orchestra will be conducted by Luther College’s Daniel Baldwin, head of the Music Department. The Festival Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by guest conductor Scott Hosfeld of the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

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.