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 student honors recitals?

There are two honors recitals that take place at the Dorian Keyboard Festival. The 4:45 honors recital is intended for younger students, and the 5:30 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.

Students may mark their interest in being considered for the student honors recitals on their registration form.  Memorization is required in order to be considered for the recitals.

Do I need to attend all events 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 are a high school student who would like to attend the Sunday Luther Student Masterclass, you can request to stay on campus during the festival by marking this option on your registration form.

Saturday's schedule allows students to take part of many opportunities including a masterclass, a guest artist recital, and student honors recitals.  We strongly encourage students to attend all of these events in order to fully take advantage of the festival offerings!

What are the on-campus housing accommodations available during the festival?

Students who choose to stay on campus during the festival will be housed with current Luther College students in their residence hall room.  For this reason, the student should bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, etc.  Think of it as camping in the residence halls! 

On-campus housing is available to high school students only.  Students who wish to stay on campus can request this on their registration form.

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.