Faculty Artist Series: Luther College professors Spencer Martin and Nicholas Shaneyfelt to present recital March 1

Luther College faculty members Spencer Martin and Nicholas Shaneyfelt are performing a program titled, "1919: A Viola Centenary," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Luther's Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

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

Martin and Shaneyfelt have chosen for the program three major works for the viola written in the year 1919 by composers Rebecca Clark, Ernest Bloch and Paul Hindemith. The duo will also perform this program Monday, Feb. 25, at the University of Iowa and Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Coe College.

Martin and Shaneyfelt co-direct the annual International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a Luther College-sponsored four-week music festival in Duino, Italy. Recently, the duo has performed recitals in Berlin, Germany and Poznan, Poland, at the European Viola Forum in Kraków, Poland.

At Luther, Martin is a professor of music of viola and conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra. A former member of the music faculty at the University of Alabama, Martin holds degrees from Butler University, Wichita State University and the University of Minnesota.

Martin has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe. An active chamber and orchestral musician, he performs frequently in the Luther College Piano Quartet and serves as the festival violist at the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival in Utah. He has appeared as guest violist with the Pro Arte String Quartet and the Amelia Piano Trio. His solo performances include Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra in venues in Austria, including Vienna's Konzerthaus. Martin has served as Principal Violist in the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and has frequently performed in the viola sections of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Shaneyfelt is an assistant professor of music in collaborative piano at Luther. He completed his doctoral studies in the collaborative piano studio of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Shaneyfelt received bachelor's degrees in music and computer science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts with a dual focus in solo and collaborative piano. He served as staff accompanist for the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with regular involvements at the Northampton Community Music Center.

Shaneyfelt was a recent participant in the National Association for Teachers of Singing Intern Program in Toronto, Ontario, the inaugural year the program was expanded to include collaborative pianists.  Notable recent performances include the premiere of David Amram's Greenwich Village Portraits with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, engagements in Los Angeles, New York City and the Kennedy Center through the University of Michigan's Gershwin Initiative, and Winterreise with tenor William Hite. Shaneyfelt tours frequently with mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner through the Piatigorsky Foundation.

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. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.