Faculty Artist Series

Nicholas Shaneyfelt to present Scandinavian Art Song program March 15

Featuring a collection of Scandinavian songs, performed by members of the Luther College vocal coaching studio, Luther faculty member Nicholas Shaneyfelt presents the Faculty Artist Series: Song + 1 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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

The Art Song program features Shaneyfelt accompanying the vocal coaching studio students on selections sung in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish. The recital features the works of more than 20 Scandinavian composers including pieces by Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Edvard Grieg, Rikard Nordraak, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Jean Sibelius, Christian Sinding and Wilhelm Stenhammar.

Highlighted performances include string arrangements by Luther students of songs originally written for voice and piano, and faculty guest appearances by Ed Andereck and Rachel Storlie.

Recently, Shaneyfelt participated in the prestigious National Association for Teachers of Singing Intern Program in Toronto, Ontario, as a collaborative pianist. Shaneyfelt has traveled the U.S., giving notable performances in Los Angeles, New York City and at the Kennedy Center. He recently premiered David Amram's "Greenwich Village Portraits" with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen.

Andereck joined the Luther voice faculty in 1990, and he currently serves as the coordinator of voice. He's served as vice president and president of the Iowa District of the National Association of Teachers Singing. As a tenor, Andereck has had more than 40 leading and supporting roles in various opera companies. For many years, he's served as the Apprentice Program Director for the Dorian Opera Theatre and remains active as a recitalist and concert performer.

Prior to joining Luther as an alumni guest lecturer in fall 2017, Storlie was a graduate assistant in vocal accompanying at the University of Northern Iowa, accompanying the undergraduate and graduation diction class, collaborating with undergraduate students for the music theater fundamentals course, rehearsing with voice majors and accompanying their lessons and juries. She completed her bachelor's degree in music from Luther in 2010, with a minor in women's and gender studies.

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.