On the Stage
Luther provides not only a strong academic program but also performance opportunities to build your skills. Our campus is alive with the sounds of five choirs, three orchestras, two bands, and two jazz bands. We also have master classes, musical theatre, an annual opera, and chamber ensembles, and solo performance opportunities.
Tour the World
Luther features six touring ensembles. They typically travel during the spring semester on a rotating basis, performing around the country and the world.
Luther offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards based on musical talent, regardless of your academic major. You don’t have to be a music major!
What You’ll Learn
Your academic courses will cover music theory, history, repertoire, and pedagogy. You will practice ear training and conducting. You also will receive lessons, perform at recitals and participate in ensembles. If you are a music major, you will complete a senior research project.
Music Study Areas
Our six study areas are focused on composition and performance:
Careers and Outcomes
As performers, Luther alumni can be found in many professional areas. Our alumni have appeared with opera houses and orchestras around the world. Luther graduates who studied music education excel in teaching careers at all levels and achieve almost 100 percent placement after graduation.
- Metropolitan Opera
- Paris Opera
- Royal Opera House
- Cleveland Orchestra
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Burning River Brass Band
- The Phantom of the Opera (national tour)
- Les Miserables (national tour)
- Fiddler on the Roof (national tour)
- K-12 or collegiate music teacher
- Music therapy
- Church music
- Music criticism
- Instrument repair
- Composition and publishing
- Piano and organ tuning
- Arts administration
- Radio and television
More than a Musician
At Luther, we encourage you to combine multiple passions to shape your college experience. See how our music students can pursue academics, sports, and music.
Luther’s campus is filled with the beautiful sounds of music. More than 600 student musicians actively participate in ensembles, chamber groups, and recitals. Experience the community that is Luther music.
Music Scholarship Auditions
Luther offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards based on musical talent. To qualify, you must request a scholarship audition. Music scholarship auditions must be completed prior to the March deadline each year. Find out more about music scholarship auditions.
Music Education Major
Become a highly qualified music educator through Luther’s music education program. You will take both education and music classes to prepare you for your future classroom. Find out about the music education major here.
Music majors have the opportunity to develop supplemental study plans in consultation with music faculty and advisors. Study plans are achieved through electives but are not recorded as such on the transcript. The following plans are available:
- Church Music (Advisor: Alexander Meszler)
- Instrumental Performance (Advisors: Carol Hester, Michael Smith, John Strauss)
- Jazz Studies (Advisor: Tony Guzmán)
- Theory/Composition (Advisor: Brooke Joyce)
- Vocal/Opera Performance (Advisor: Beth Ray)
Music Entrance Exam
Incoming music majors and minors need to take a music theory placement test before registering for classes. View details and a sample test.