Luther College's brass ensembles will perform their fall concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 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.
Luther's brass ensembles include the Brass Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Trombone Ensemble, and Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. The brass division of the Luther College Music Department is home to some of the finest brass performers and faculty in the country. With several opportunities to perform and learn, these studios are producing young professionals entering the music and education industries of today.
Professors John Cord, Michael Smith and Rebecca Boehm Shaffer have grown and developed these brass studios to perform and compete at a level similar to those found in large university and music conservatories throughout the country. Brass students have attended several national conferences and competitions such as the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trombone Festival and the MidNorth Horn Workshop.
The Trumpet Ensemble is conducted by John Cord, Luther associate professor of music. 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 Horn Ensemble is conducted by Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, Luther adjunct professor of music. Boehm 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 Trombone Choir and Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble are conducted by Michael Smith, Luther associate professor of music.
Smith has served as the principal trombonist with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, touring Great Britain with the ensemble. He has performed with symphonies and orchestras from Texas to the Midwest.
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 five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 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.