About Our Program

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble in rehearsal

At Luther, students with an instrumental focus have a wide array of opportunities to participate in enriching experiences in a variety of settings. Instrumental music students at Luther can perform in any of our two bands, three orchestras, two jazz ensembles and various chamber groups. Instrumentalists have the chance to tour, both domestically and internationally, with the Luther College Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra.

Musicianship, technique, performance skills, and professionalism are coached by highly esteemed faculty conductors and studio professors. Chamber ensembles, coached by our studio faculty, allow other unique opportunities for students to increase their musicianship and listening skills in a small ensemble setting. These ensembles include a flute choir, brass ensembles, percussion ensembles, and more.

After Luther, many students go on to pursue graduate study in music performance and secure positions in acclaimed orchestras and bands around the world. These include the Dubai Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Sun Symphony Orchestra, Winona Symphony Orchestra, and the Burning River Brass Band. In addition to being noteworthy performers, many of these alumni also serve as outstanding teachers in public schools, colleges, universities, and private studios around the country.

Whether your future with music involves pursuing a performance career, a teaching career, or a career outside of music, join us in the Luther College Music Department to keep shaping your musical journey!