Orchestral Ensembles

Come play with one of Luther's three Orchestras! Perform orchestral masterworks from the baroque era to the modern day.

violinist in the orchestraThe Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule during the academic year, from early September to late May. Over eighty student musicians, representing a variety of academic disciplines, perform with Symphony Orchestra. Many members also sing in a choir, play in a band or jazz ensemble, and form small chamber groups. Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin.

Symphony Orchestra tours annually in the United States and every four years maintains a three-week residency in Vienna, Austria, with a final performance at the Konzerthaus or Musikverein. Domestic tours have included trips through the Pacific Northwest, the Great Plains States, the Southeast, and the Upper Midwest. The Symphony Orchestra’s next residency will take place in January 2023.

Distinctions

Symphony Orchestra takes great pride in performing new music on a regular basis. Since 2001, the orchestra has been pleased to present six world premiers. The orchestra also collaborates with the Luther College choirs in biennial performances of major choral-orchestral works and in the annual Christmas at Luther festival performances.

Prospective Students

Symphony Orchestra meets five days a week, and is made up of musicians from all class years and study areas. Auditions for the ensemble take place every fall. Throughout the year Symphony Orchestra performs a full-length fall concert, two full-length spring concerts, is featured at Christmas at Luther, and is included in the Homecoming and Commencement Weekend concerts. The orchestra also tours annually at the regional, national, or international level. Click below to learn more about ensemble tours.

Ensemble Tours

bassist in chamber orchestraThe Chamber Orchestra specializes in repertoire for small orchestra and mixed chamber ensembles ranging from the Baroque era to the 21st century. In addition to its own concert schedule, Chamber Orchestra performs with the Luther College Opera Workshop.

Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin.

Prospective Students

Chamber Orchestra meets 3 days a week, and is made up of musicians from all class years and study areas, frequently including musicians who are also in Symphony Orchestra. Auditions for the ensemble take place every fall. Throughout the year Chamber Orchestra performs concerts on-campus, and frequently accompanies Luther’s Spring Opera Production.

The Luther College Philharmonia is a symphonic ensemble that performs regularly on campus in concert. Recent repertoire has included Beethoven’s Egmont and Coriolan Overtures, Copland’s An Outdoor Overture, Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and Ginastera’s Dances from Estancia. Faculty soloists are often featured on Philharmonia programs.

Philharmonia is directed by Spencer Martin

Prospective Students

Philharmonia meets 3 days a week, and is made up of musicians from all class years and study areas. Auditions for the ensemble take place every fall. Throughout the year Chamber Orchestra performs concerts on-campus.


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Meet the Directors

Daniel Baldwin portrait
Professor of Music
Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra

Office: Jenson-Noble 162

Phone: 563-387-1692

Email: baldwida@luther.edu

Blakeley Menghini portrait
Visiting Faculty
Viola
Philharmonia
Methods
Music in Societies

Office: Jenson-Noble 160

Phone: 563-387-1225

Email: mengbl01@luther.edu

Spencer Martin portrait
Professor of Music
Philharmonia
Viola

Office: Sabbatical

Phone: 563-387-2424

Email: spencer.martin@luther.edu

2023-2024 Orchestral Rosters

Symphony Orchestra

Flute
Mya Ploor, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Audrey(Hanson) Sorlien and Marilyn(Sorlien) Skatrud Chair
Jenna Kleven, Albert Lea, Minn.
Hannah Stoutner, Whitehall, Wis.

Oboe
Britta Elsbernd, Mason City, Iowa
Anna (Kemp) and Russell Norris Chair
Lily McGohan, Decorah, Iowa

Clarinet
Kyle Pido, Rochester, Minn.
Ryan Hinderaker, Ames, Iowa
Sam Maston, Hudson, Mass.

Bassoon
Charlotte Appel, Lynnwood Wash.
Helen (Hoff) James Chair
Owen Matzek, Hastings Minn.
Adam McDonald, Cold Spring, Minn.

Horn
Kellen DeKok, Archer Iowa
Erik, Kari, Maren Engebretson Chair
Maggie Bruck, Solon Iowa
Ethan Erickson, Rochester, Minn.
Renee Vorndran, Osceola Wis.

First Violin
Luis Galvez, La Vega, Dominican Republic
Torgerson Concertmaster
Anishka Vogl, Austin, Texas
Liam Edberg, Iowa City, Iowa
Megan Bumpus, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Avery Hagstrom, Alexandria, Minn.
Mary Osborne, Carlton, Minn.
Christina Rolf, River Falls, Wis.
Ethan Johnson, Brooklyn, Wis.
Sophie Klein, Minneapolis, Minn.
Amy Webb, Waverly, Iowa

Viola
Jessica Trygstad, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Andrea Nelson and Kathryn Nelson Chair
Catherine Briddell, McFarland, Wis.
Mason Abrahamson, Woodbury, Minn.
Cedric Beiwel, Decorah, Iowa
Anastasia Davidson, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Emma Olson, Alexandria, Minn.

Double Bass
Malachi Rettmann, Madison, Wis.
Presser Foundation Scholar
Claudia Larson, Golden Valley, Minn.
Lydia Swarney, Ottumwa, Iowa
Kyle McElroy, Carmichael, Calf.
Kai Stemm, Saint Paul, Minn.

Trumpet
Mari Mineck, Waukee, Iowa
Dr. Ronald and Carole Fox Chair
Matthew Boardman, Genoa, Wis.
Hannah Wren, Anthem, Ariz.

Trombone
Eli Vorvick, Decorah, Iowa
Dorothy (Bonnell) and Russell Ziemer Chair
Zach Cummer, Waverly, Iowa

Bass Trombone
Haley Wince, West Des Moines, Iowa

Tuba
Mark Severtson, Milan, Mich.

Harp
Taiyo Kakegawa-Fernandez, Eau Claire, Wis.
Jeanette Pelletier, Dundas, Minn.

Percussion
Andrew Mantini, principal, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Kerry Knodle Chair
Nick Drew, Saint Joseph, Minn.
Siri Hokanson, Saint Paul, Minn

Piano
Tara Jeremiah Rajanesen, Tamil Nadu, India

Second Violin
Emma Prostine, Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Scholar, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dorothy M. Ansett Chair
Grace Rosholt, Middleton, Wis.
Rebecca Zheng, Waverly, Iowa
Ben Hilgers, Madison, Wis.
Mariangely Linder, Northfield, Minn.
L’Engle Charis-Carlson, Iowa City, Iowa
Hailey Carlson, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Sonnet Mungyeh, Happy Valley, Ore.
Scott Rust, Hudson, Wis.

Cello
Ryan Dornfeld, Saint Michael, Minn.
Dorothy M. Ansett Chair
Titus Gunderson, Holmen, Wis.
Lydia Gruenwald, Lombard, Ill.
Nathan Behrens, Falcon Heights, Minn.
Ella Swalley, Roseville, Minn.
Lani Himegarner, Lodi, Wis.
Olivia Sinclair, Waterloo, Iowa
Nathan Shimon, Rockford, Ill.
Lauren Gray, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Simon Poelman, Saint Paul, Minn.
Mattie Snyder, Bemidji, Minn.
Ruth Meehan, Iowa City, Iowa
Maya Winkel, Waterloo, Iowa
Cassie Magee, Fort Collins, Colo.
Grace Stone, Andover, Minn.


Chamber Orchestra

Flute
Chloe Moeller, Rosemount, Minn.
Anna Floden, Mason City, Iowa

Oboe
Britta Elsbernd, Mason City, Iowa
Nate Dennis, Winona, Minn.
Lainey Patzloff, Minneapolis, Minn.

Clarinet
Olivia Brown, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Anastasia Davidson, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Bassoon
Adam McDonald, Cold Spring, Minn.
Charlotte Appel, Lynnwood, Wash.

First Violin
Luis Galvez, La Vega, Dominican Republic
Anishka Vogl, Austin, Texas
Grace Rosholt, Middleton, Wis.
Emma Prostine, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mary Osborne, Carlton, Minn.

Viola
Jessica Trygstad, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mason Abrahamson, Woodbury, Minn.
Catherine Briddell, Mcfarland, Wis.
Cedrick Beiwel, Decorah, Iowa

Horn
Kellen DeKok, Archer, Iowa
Mathea Diedrich, Windsor, Wis.

Trumpet
Isaiah Nordine, Rochester, Minn.
Bre Hippler, Clive, Iowa

Timpani
Nicholas Drew, Saint Joseph, Minn.
Andrew Mantini, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Second Violin
Liam Edberg, Iowa City, Iowa
Ethan Johnson, Brooklyn, Wis.
Megan Bumpus, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sophie Klein, Minneapolis, Minn.

Cello
Ryan Dornfeld, Saint Michael, Minn.
Lydia Gruenwald, Lombard, Ill.
Ella Swalley, Roseville, Minn.
Lani Himegarner, Lodi, Wis.
Olivia Sinclair, Waterloo, Iowa

Double Bass
Claudia Larson, Golden Valley, Minn.


Philharmonia

Violin 1
Kaitlyn Blackburn, Stacy, Minn.
Emma Englehart, St. Charles, Ill. 

Violin 2
Fiona Garrity, Batavia, Ill.
Sophy Yakes, St. Louis Park, Minn.

Viola
Paul Ode, Iowa City, Iowa

Cello
Will Coffey, Kingsford, Mich.
Ella Heiks, Appleton, Wis.
Max Sampson, Pine Island, Minn.
Erik Radke, Duluth, Minn.
Vicky Davis, Davenport, Iowa
Toby Carls, North Oaks, Minn.
Lilly Riedel, Shoreview, Minn.

Bass
Lucas Hendricks, Sioux Falls, S.D.