Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the closed sessions and masterclass sessions?

There are two types of sessions available to Dorian Keyboard Festival participants:

  • Closed sessions
  • Masterclass sessions

Closed sessions are 20 minutes long and appropriate for all ability levels. The student plays his or her prepared piece for one clinician and receives verbal and written feedback from that clinician. Memorization is not required. A student’s private instructor and/or a parent are allowed to attend a closed session.

Masterclass sessions are appropriate for advanced students and are 20 or 30 minutes long. These sessions are open to the public and held in larger performance venues. The festival guest clinician along with three Luther piano and organ faculty hear the performance and give public verbal comments. Performances must be memorized.

What are the afternoon recitals and evening recitals?

There are two honors recitals that take place at the Dorian Keyboard Festival.  The 3:00 honors recital is intended for younger students, and the 5:00 honors recital is intended for older, more advanced students. Students are selected for these recitals based on their performance earlier in the day for the festival clinicians.    All recitals take place in the Noble Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.

Do I need to attend all three days of the Festival?

All are welcome to attend all of the festival events, but it is very common for students to only attend Saturday's events, especially when there is a long drive involved.  If you would like to attend the Friday evening recital or the Sunday Luther Student Masterclass, you can request to stay on campus during the festival if you are a high school student by marking this option on your registration form.

What is offered in the afternoon workshop?

Every year, we hold a workshop for both teachers and students, and the topics vary every year. In the past, we have had topics such as collaboration as a pianist, harpsichord basics, piano mechanisms and acoustics, and many more. This year, we are holding two simultaneous workshops. Brian Knox will present a workshop titled, "What's Inside Your Piano" and Jordan Buchholtz and Charles Hoeft will present a workshop titled, "Preparing for a Professional Life in Music."  Students and teachers can choose which session they would like to attend.

Interested in auditioning for a keyboard music scholarship?

Students interested in attending Luther the following year may audition on piano or organ for a music scholarship during the Festival. The audition is scheduled by checking the scholarship option on the registration form.

If students are also interested in auditioning for a scholarship in voice or another instrument while on campus for the Festival, they may arrange to do so by calling the Admissions Office at 563-387-1287.