Over 525 high school musicians from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will participate in the Dorian Band Festival that will take place on March 3-4. All students participating in the festival will perform in the Grand Concert that will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The festival features three bands; two Festival Massed Bands and one Festival Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band consists of 60 students who audition for chair placement upon their arrival at the festival. The other 465 students are split into two Festival Massed Bands.
Festival conductors are Luther's Joan DeAlbequerque along with James Popejoy from the University of North Dakota and Craige Paré from DePauw University.
The repertoire of the concert includes works by Richard Saucedo, Jim Curnow, George and Ira Gershwin, Jack Stamp, Morten Lauridsen, Percy Grainger, Alfred Reed, Camille Saint-Saens and several others.
Students involved in the Dorian Band Festival have the option to take a private lesson with members of Luther's instrumental faculty while they are on campus. Students who choose to take lessons are able to audition to be a soloist at the festival, and a few students may be selected as soloists to perform at the festival concert.
Students involved in the Dorian Band Festival have the option to take a private lesson with members of Luther's instrumental faculty while they are on campus.
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.