Luther College presents Dorian Band Festival concerts March 4-5

Two concerts featuring nearly 600 high school student musicians, two Luther College ensembles and one Luther faculty trio, will be held March 4-5 in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

The Dorian Band Festival Concert with the Luther College Concert Band, The Talus Trio and the Luther College Jazz Orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

The festival continues the next day with the Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert, featuring three festival bands at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5.

Both concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Festival Concert, March 4

Conducted by Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music, the Luther College Concert Band will perform Percy Grainger's "Gumsuckers March," "Lento" and "Molto Ritmico" from "Dance Movements" by Philip Sparke as well as Arturo Marquez's "Danzon No. 2."

The Talus Trio consists of Luther's own Carol Hester, professor of music, Heather Armstrong, associate professor of music, and Michael Chesher, associate professor of music, and for the March 4 concert will feature Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Luther associate professor of music. The group will perform Camille Saint-Saëns's "Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs," Op. 79 for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Piano.

Luther's Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther professor of music, will perform at the first concert.

Grand Concert, March 5

Students, nominated for the festival by their high school band directors, were selected to be in either the Sperati Band, Noble Band or Symphonic Band. The Sperati and Noble Bands are comprised of nearly 250 students each, and the select Symphonic Band has 75 students.

High school soloists may be featured in the concert, selected by Luther's brass, woodwind and percussion faculty.

Symphonic Band, under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music, will perform Rossano Galante's "The Redwoods," Shelley Hanson's "Elegy for Albinoni," David Gillingham's "Council Oak" and John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis."

Directed by Andrew Trachsel, director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Ohio University, Sperati Band will perform Roy Magnuson's "House Plants in Terracotta Pots," Frank Ticheli's "Rest," Reber Clark's "Hymn of St. James" and Richard Saucedo's "Sky Dance."

Under the direction of Edwin Powell, professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University, Noble Band will perform Dmitri Shostakovich's "Galop," Dana Wilson's "Footsteps," Steven Bryant's "Dusk" and Franco Cesarini's "Greek Folk Song Suite."

Joan deAlbuquerque

In addition to her teaching duties as associate professor of music at Luther, deAlbuquerque serves as director of bands and conductor of the Luther College Concert Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble. She holds a Master of Music in wind conducting from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of North Texas.

Carol Hester

Hester holds the Doctor of Music and Master of Music in flute performance from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Samford University. At Luther, she is a professor of flute and flute methods. She is a licensed Andover Educator, who has been trained to teach the course "What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body."

Heather Armstrong

Armstrong is an associate professor of oboe and theory at Luther. She received her Bachelor of Music from Houghton College, and Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Armstrong has also studied at the Banff Centre and Chautauqua Institution. She is the principal oboist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and founded Talus Trio.

Michael Chesher

Chesher received his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Chesher has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the principal clarinet position with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.

Nicholas Shaneyfelt

Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Shaneyfelt received bachelor's degrees in music and computer science from the University of Notre Dame. He earned a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts with a dual focus in solo and collaborative piano. His doctoral studies were completed at the University of Michigan. Shaneyfelt recently completed his first summer on the faculty of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.

Juan Tony Guzmán

Guzmán is a professor of music at Luther, and is director of the jazz program. He is a composer, conductor, arranger and music educator from the Dominican Republic. Guzmán received a bachelor's degree in music education from Luther, and a degree in electromagnetic engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Guzmán serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at festivals across North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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.