Hosting institutions for the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival are: Augsburg College, Minneapolis; Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.; Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.; Luther College , Decorah, Iowa; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; Valparaiso [Ind.] University; and Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.
The 2008 event is June 22-July 20 at Gustavus Adolphus. For more information or to apply, visit the Lutheran Summer Music Web site; call 888-635-6583; or e-mail Lutheran Summer Music.
In her first year at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, Karla Dietmeyer, 16, took her violin to a jazz improv class. Inconceivably for her skill level, it was also the talented young virtuoso’s first time playing in an orchestra.
And that dreamy-eyed look reserved for a special “crush”? Dietmeyer gets it at the mere mention of composers Antonín DvoÅ™ák and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. “They’re amazing,” said the member of Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, Ga. “And Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture. It’s big. It’s brilliant. I’d never heard of it in my life, but now I’m in love with it.”
Dietmeyer was one of 125 students—eighth- through 12th-graders—who attended the residential summer music program last July at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. The students came from 40 states and three other countries. Founded in 1982 to help the church train future musical leaders, Lutheran Summer Music rotates every three years to one of nine Lutheran college or university campuses (see right).
|The concert choir, conducted by Allen Hightower, director of choral activities at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, rehearses in preparation for a four-day performance festival. The event is held the last week of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, which trains future musical leaders.|
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