Music Ensemble Tours

Perform with Luther ensembles around the region, nation, and world.

Contact Information

Susan Potvin ’02
Director of Music Marketing

Phone: 563-387-1267

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Performing in a music ensemble at Luther opens doors of opportunity to share your music beyond the rehearsal spaces and concert halls of campus.

We’re proud to offer six outstanding touring ensembles whose members “take the show on the road” for annual domestic travel.  Four of those six ensembles take turns traveling internationally, using music as a tool to make connections across borders.

Domestic Tour Schedules

At all concerts, freewill donations will be collected to offset travel expenses of the orchestra. No tickets are necessary.

Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. 
Thomas Jefferson High School
2501 W. Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Saturday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. 
First Lutheran Church
1234 SW Fairlawn Rd.
Topeka, KS 66604

Sunday, March 17, 4:30 p.m. 
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
15400 N. Western Ave.
Edmond, OK 73013

Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m
McKinney High School
1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy
McKinney, TX 75069

Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Trietsch United Methodist Church
6101 Morriss Rd.
Flower Mound, TX 75028

Friday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. 
James H. Clark Auditorium at Conway High School
2300 Prince St
Conway, AR 72034

Saturday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
327 Woods Mill Rd.
Manchester, MO 63011

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. 
Luther College Center for Faith and Life
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101

Some concerts are ticketed. Visit for more information.

Saturday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. 
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Ave W
Roseville, MN 55113

Sunday, January 14, 4:00 p.m. 
Zumbro Lutheran Church
624 3rd Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m. 
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 N Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Sunday, January 28, 4:00 p.m. 
Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church
10805 Main St
Huntley, IL 60142

Monday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
200 S. Lincoln Ave.
Marshfield, WI 54449

Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. 
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
602 S 5th St
Brainerd, MN 56401

Thursday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. 
Presbyterian Church of the Cross
1517 S 114th St
Omaha, NE 68144

Friday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. 
St. John’s Lutheran Church
600 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Saturday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. 
Trinity Lutheran Church
213 N Pennsylvania Ave
Mason City, IA 50401

Sunday, February 4, 2:30 p.m. 
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
140 Gathering Place Ln
Iowa City, IA 52246

Tuesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m. 
Luther College Center for Faith and Life
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101

View the current 5-year tour rotation for our traveling music ensembles in this document.  International tours for music ensembles take place following Commencement in May, except for the Symphony Orchestra Vienna Residency, which occurs during J-term.

Bring Luther Music to Your Community!

Take the first steps by filling out this brief form, and we’ll connect with you soon about upcoming opportunities.  We’re currently booking for 2024, and always adding to our list of future hosts.

Need more information about what it means to host a Luther College music ensemble?  Our Hosting Handbook provides tons of details and resources.

International Tours

Dating back to the 1970s, Symphony Orchestra completes a month-long residency during J-term in Vienna, Austria every four years. This residency includes daily rehearsals, coursework, and visits to museums and other cultural sites in Vienna. In the evenings, students attend operas, ballets and concerts at the city’s Konzerthaus, Staatsoper and Musikverein.

Symphony Orchestra will return to Vienna for another residency in January 2023.

Nordic Choir tours internationally every three years to destinations around the world.

In May of 2018, Nordic Choir traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic, visiting some of the same locations that the choir traveled to on their first international tour in 1967. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, international travel planned for 2021 was canceled.  Nordic Choir will travel internationally again in 2024.

The Luther College Concert Band is one of the nation’s oldest touring organizations, with their first domestic tour in the spring of 1886, affectionately earning their title as the “World Famous Luther College Concert Band.”  Throughout its long history, Concert Band has enjoyed performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe, Japan, and China.

In 2013, the band toured Iceland and Norway, nearly 100 years after its first Norwegian tour. In 2017, the ensemble toured in Spain.  The itinerary included performances in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, and Granada with additional travel to Toledo, Cordoba, Ronda, Puerto de Santa Maria and more.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 tour to Spain, France, and Portugal was canceled.  The next international touring opportunity for Concert Band will occur in 2025.

Every four years, the Luther College Jazz Orchestra travels internationally.  The ensemble has embarked on tours to Brazil in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

In 2016, Jazz Orchestra spent approximately three weeks immersed in the beautiful country of Brazil. The tour featured 13 performances; workshops in Brazilian percussion, dance, choral singing, and frevo; live performances on Brazilian public radio and television; exchanges with amateur and professional ensembles; and several trips to the beach.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic caused by the coronavirus, the 2020 Brazil tour was canceled.  The next international touring opportunity for Jazz Orchestra is scheduled for 2024.

Contact Information

Susan Potvin ’02
Director of Music Marketing

Phone: 563-387-1267

Recruit Me for Music