The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lutheran prof creates ringtones

Cell phone users can download ringtones arranged and played by Christopher Nigrelli, associate professor of music at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C.

Nigrelli, a trombonist, is part of the five-member Charlotte Chamber Brass. After AT&T discovered the group’s Web site, it asked the ensemble to record 45-second ringtones. AT&T doesn’t credit the brass group by name, but Nigelli said it pays them about 5 percent of the $2.49 download cost.

The arrangements include songs for weddings, patriotic tunes and Christmas carols. Nigrelli arranged about half of the Christmas ringtones.

Nigrelli said he’s now considering getting a cell phone “just for the fun of hearing my ringtone.”


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