Luther College to host Dorian Keyboard Festival guest recital Nov. 10

Luther College presents guest pianist Rochelle Sennet at the college's 61st Dorian Keyboard Festival. She will perform at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Sennet will perform Bach's "English Suite no. 4 in F Major, BWV 809," Liszt's arrangement of Wagner "Isolde's Liebestod" from "Tristan and Isolde" and James Lee III's "Souls of Alkebulan."

In addition, Sennet will give public masterclasses from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 10, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Both masterclasses, open to the public with no charge for admission, will also be held in the Noble Recital Hall.

Sennet received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, her Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Michigan, her artist diploma in piano performance from the Texas Christian University and her doctoral degree in piano from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she currently serves as associate professor of piano.

She has participated in several piano competitions. She co-won the Krannert Center Debut Artist Competition, was a national finalist at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Competition and was a prize winner in several competitions including the Kingsville International Piano Competition, San Antonio Tuesday Musicians Club Piano Competition and the US Open Music Piano Concerto Competition.

Sennet recorded George Walker's Piano Concerto in 2012 with Albany Records, the first person to do so since 1976. She was praised by Fanfare Magazine for her recording: "Rochelle Sennet plays the concerto…with supreme confidence." Her most recently published piece is "Alkebulan's Son: The Solo Piano Works of James Lee III," which was released in May 2014 on Albany Records.

As part of the Dorian Keyboard Festival weekend, piano and organ students and teachers from around the region have the chance to study one-on-one with the festival faculty, perform in a public or private setting, and attend recitals, masterclasses and workshops. Outstanding festival participants are selected to perform on the festival honor recitals in Luther's Noble Recital Hall.

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Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five 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.